Furniture Designers

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 Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Manager or Self Employed
  • Senior Furniture Designer
  • Furniture Designer
  • Junior Designer
  • Woodworker or Craft-Worker

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