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Job Description

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.

Entry Requirements

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:

  • Ergonomist
  • French polisher
  • Furniture restorer
  • Upholsterer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Good drawing skills
  • An eye for detail
  • Creative
  • Practical abilities
  • An understanding of computer aided design (CAD)
  • Commercial and market awareness
  • Good communication skills
  • Patience and adaptability
  • Self motivated

Starting Salary

£18,000 to £45,000

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