Furniture designers will design items of furniture, this could be bespoke individual pieces working as a self employed craftsman or as part of a larger team producing furniture for the mass market.
You'll find it useful to have an HND, foundation degree or degree in a relevant subject like:
- 3D design
- spatial design
- furniture technology
- furniture and product design
- furniture design and make
If you’re planning to work for yourself, you could develop your skills by taking a college course in upholstery or carpentry.
You’ll need a portfolio to showcase your design work to potential employers or customers.
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.
The Crafts Council is a useful resource for designers and makers.
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could progress to a more senior position, or into a specialised area, like ergonomics.
You could also set up your own design consultancy.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- French polisher
- Furniture restorer
- Good drawing skills
- An eye for detail
- Practical abilities
- An understanding of computer aided design (CAD)
- Commercial and market awareness
- Good communication skills
- Patience and adaptability
- Self motivated
£18,000 to £45,000