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 can get into this job through:
You could get into this career through a furniture design technician, bespoke furniture maker or furniture product developer advanced apprenticeship.
You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths, for an advanced apprenticeship.
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You could take a foundation degree, higher national diploma or degree in:
- furniture and product design
- 3D design crafts
- interior design
You'll usually need:
- a foundation diploma in art and design
- 1 or 2 A levels, or equivalent, for a foundation degree or higher national diploma
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
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You'll need to keep a portfolio of work to showcase your design skills to potential employers or customers.
You could join the Chartered Society of Designers to get access to professional development training, technical advice and information about setting up your own business.
You can get more advice about working in crafts and creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could progress to a more senior design 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 £40,000