Kitchen & Bathroom Designer

Job Description:

Kitchen and bathroom designers plan and design kitchens and bathrooms to meet customer needs.

Job Category:
Engineering & Construction

What you will do:

In this job you’ll:

  • visit customers to take room measurements for designs
  • create designs using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software
  • produce quotes for customers to show the total cost
  • of the kitchen or bathroom
  • work as part of a wider team to meet sales targets
  • provide excellent customer service
  • review and amend quotes


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of building and construction
  • design skills and knowledge
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things (creative skills)
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure (adaptability skills)
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
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Entry Requirements:

To become a kitchen and bathroom designer, you don’t typically need specific qualifications, but certain subjects and skills can be valuable in preparing for this career. Kitchen and bathroom designers are responsible for creating functional and aesthetically pleasing spaces. Here are some relevant subjects:

  1. Design and Technology: Courses related to design and technology can provide you with a strong foundation in design principles, technical drawing, and the use of design software.
  2. Mathematics: Basic math skills are essential for measurements, calculations, and ensuring that design plans are practical and functional.
  3. Art and Design: Developing a strong sense of aesthetics, creativity, and attention to detail is crucial for creating visually appealing kitchen and bathroom designs.
  4. ICT (Information and Communication Technology): Proficiency in using design software and computer-aided design (CAD) programs is important for creating detailed and accurate design plans.
  5. English: Effective communication skills are important for understanding clients’ needs, presenting design concepts, and working with clients and contractors.
  6. Business Studies: Understanding business principles and project management can be beneficial if you plan to work independently or start your own design business.
  7. Science: While not mandatory, a basic understanding of physics and materials science can be helpful for selecting appropriate materials and fixtures for your designs.

Post School

You can get into this job through:

  • a college course
  • an apprenticeship
  • applying directly

You could gain some of the skills needed for this job by taking a college course like:

  • Level 2 Certificate In Computer Aided Design
  • Level 3 Certificate In Computer Aided Design
  • Level 3 Award in the Principles of Kitchen Design

You could do a Fitted furniture design technician advanced apprenticeship.

You might be able to start in a kitchen or bathroom sales role and then train on the job to be a kitchen or bathroom designer.

Working Hours and Environment:

Typically you could work 35 to 40 hours a week, occasionally including evenings or weekends.

You could work at a client’s home, at a store or visit sites.

Career Path & Progression:

You could move on to become a team leader or develop your skills in other areas of interior design.

You could also work freelance.