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

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Pay rates vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for qualified furniture designers in the UK tend to be in the range £18,000 to £22,000 a year. With experience this can increase to around £25,000 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.


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Getting In

For art school courses you need to apply through UCAS. Some courses have a closing date of 15th January and others have the closing date of 24th March.

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.

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What Does it Take?

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Getting On

More Information

The Creative and Cultural Skills website has a great section on working in design, which includes careers information, jobs and opportunities in design.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
Tel: 020 7357 8088
Twitter: @csdminerva

Creative and Cultural Skills
Website (2):
Twitter: @CCskills

Creative and Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council for advertising, crafts, cultural heritage, design, music, performing, literary and visual arts. Creative Choices is their career information website.

Design Business Association (DBA)
Tel: 020 7251 9229
Twitter: @dbaHQ

Design Council
Tel: 020 7420 5200
Twitter: @designcouncil

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Career Area

Art and Design

Career Sectors

3 Dimensional Design

Fashion or Textile Design

Fine Art or Graphic Design

Interior Design or Display