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Furniture Designer

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Furniture designers produce designs for furniture such as tables, chairs, bookcases and cabinets. Working to the needs of clients or manufacturers, they may design individual handcrafted pieces or design for mass production.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

Pay rates vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for qualified furniture designers in the UK tend to be in the range £18,000 to £25,000 a year. With experience this can increase to around £30,000 and senior designers may earn up to £40,000 a year or more. Some furniture designers work freelance. They charge a fee which varies depending on the job.

Conditions

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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS.

Entry can be very competitive. Most jobs are in large factories, designing furniture for the mass market, but there is also work with design consultancies, working with for example, interior designers and architects. There are also opportunities in retail and sometimes with smaller bespoke design companies. Some designers are self-employed and take a considerable time to establish themselves.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
1740
2.9 %
RISE
2029
1791
  United Kingdom
2024
18913
4 %
RISE
2029
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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
Tel: 020 7357 8088
E-mail: info@csd.org.uk
Website: http://www.csd.org.uk
Twitter: @csdminerva
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/charteredsocietyofdesigners

Design Business Association (DBA)
Tel: 020 7251 9229
E-mail: enquiries@dba.org.uk
Website: http://www.dba.org.uk
Twitter: @dbaHQ
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Design-Business-Association/122991906136?ref=ts

Design Council
Tel: 020 7420 5200
E-mail: info@designcouncil.org.uk
Website: http://www.designcouncil.org.uk/
Twitter: @designcouncil
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DesignCouncil

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