Furniture Designers

Display of Furniture Accessories at an Exhibition

Furniture designers design and develop concepts for building furnishings like chairs, tables, and couches. They work closely with their clients to get a thorough understanding of what kind of product is needed.

Furniture designers may work for a company that specifically builds furniture or for a large design firm that is contracted by furniture manufacturers. Furniture designers spend most of their time in an office working on ideas but also spend time meeting with clients.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Design and develop concepts for chairs, tables, couches, and other types of furniture
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but some of the largest employers of designers are located in the Midwest
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Art
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internship or co-op experience
Personality Traits
  • Artistic
  • Creative
  • Hands On
  • Building/Trades
  • Drawing/Design
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Manager or Self Employed
  • Senior Furniture Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Junior Designer
  • Woodworker or Craft-Worker