Furniture DesignerJob Description:
Furniture designers create designs for mass-produced furniture, furniture made in small batches and one-off pieces.Job Category:
What you will do:
In your day-to-day duties you could:
- carry out research to develop ideas
- work to a plan or ‘brief’ agreed with the client
- produce new designs or improve existing ones
- work out costs, practicality and availability of materials
- prepare sketches for ideas, by hand or using computer software
- test ideas using models, prototypes and computer aided design (CAD)
- work with manufacturers on the production process
- knowledge of engineering science and technology
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
- design skills and knowledge
As well as:
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
You could take a foundation degree, higher diploma or degree in:
- furniture and product design
- 3D design crafts
- interior design
You could start by doing a college course like a Diploma in Furniture Design and Making or a course in Craft and Design.
This would teach you some of the skills you’ll need and could help you to get a job as a design assistant with a furniture-making company.
You may be able to get into trainee or assistant designer roles through an advanced apprenticeship like:
- new furniture product developer
- fitted furniture design technician
- bespoke furniture maker
Working Hours and Environment:
A typical working week consists of 40-42 hours a week.
You may need to be flexible about your working hours, especially when you have deadlines to meet. If you’re self-employed you may work longer hours to meet customers’ needs.
You’ll spend a lot of your time in a studio but may travel to visit clients, suppliers and to attend meetings and trade shows.
If you’re employed by a company, you may be part of a design team. As a self-employed designer, you’ll have your own workshop or studio, or share premises with other designers.
Career Path & 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.