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Furniture Designer Job Description, Career as a Furniture Designer, Salary, Employment - Definition and Nature of the Work, Education and Training Requirements, Getting the Job

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Education and Training Bachelor’s degree

Average Salary $58,000 per year

Job Outlook Good

Basic Job Description

Furniture designers specialize in designing furniture for manufacturers. They design couches, chairs, tables, shelves, and decorative accents for furniture pieces. They have knowledge of design trends, competitive prices and the ability to meet specific needs of manufacturers and other clients. Furniture designers are a type of artist, as they must be able to look over the requests of a manufacturing company and draw out a structure and design that they believe will fit their needs. They can also determine the types of equipment, upholstery, patterns and colors that need to be used in order to create a piece of furniture. Designers can also take old pieces of furniture and design a way to restore it and update the look of it to fit with current trends.

Education and Training Requirements

There is no specific degree for someone who wants to work as a furniture designer. Most designers will get a degree in interior design to learn about physical appeal of furniture, color trends, and keeping up with new trends. Many furniture designers also work with computer equipment to create blueprints and design structures, so many designers may take courses on graphic design as well.

Furniture designers will usually start off working for a furniture manufacturing company or furniture store to gain an understanding of furniture trends and design aspects. Manufacturers are also in the know about furniture design workshops, seminars and specific training courses so someone who plans to become a designer may benefit from attending some of these.

Getting the Job

Furniture designers must enjoy working in a creative environment at all times and have an extreme eye for detail. Designers must also be able to draw out sketches of designs or use computer programs that are able to create an effective design.

Furniture designers must also be able to communicate well with the manufacturer to understand exactly what type of design they are looking for in a product. They should be able to quickly create a rough draft of a blueprint to show the manufacturer so they can look over the designer’s basic idea and let them know of any changes. Designers must also keep in constant communication with designers throughout the entire process to make sure they are giving them the product they want.

Furniture designers must possess an eye for detail and manual dexterity in order to safely operate tools and machinery and create a quality product. Designers will work with many different types of materials including wood, suede, leather, canvas, and metal fixtures and embellishments to create hinges or hold the furniture together. Designers can take classes to increase their knowledge of these materials and learn new tips and techniques on how to properly handle them.

Job Prospects, Employment Outlook and Career Development

Furniture designers are often self-employed or work in a design factory that designs furniture for several different manufacturers. Self-employed designers will often attend craft fairs or exhibitions to promote their services and find out new products that are emerging onto the market. Once a furniture designer has been working for awhile and has created quality products for a manufacturer, they may gain more clients who are looking for products similar to what they have to offer.

Furniture designers may even move on to opening their own furniture store that sells products they have designed and created. If the designer is also skilled in restoring old furniture, they might even purchase old pieces of furniture to restore and sell as vintage pieces. There is a big market for vintage products, and designers may be able to take advantage of it using their skill.

Employment outlook is not expected to increase or decrease over the next several years. Many furniture designers are part of the baby boomer generation and are looking to retire, so there may be a need to replace designers in these instances. Interior design companies may also want a furniture designer to work closely with their company in order to provide unique, custom pieces to clients who have a specific look they want to achieve in their house.

Working Conditions and Environment

Work environment for furniture designers is variable according to who they work with and the type of work they perform. If a designer is self-employed, they may spend a lot of their time working in an office on a computer where they will draw up design sketches and blueprints. Some designers will work with interior designers and manufacturers, so they will be in constant communication with others throughout the workday. When designers are not drawing and creating designs, they are meeting with clients and manufacturers to take notes on exactly what they are looking for. During the process, designers will often hold meetings several times a week to catch up on progress and communicate about whether or not the design is suiting what the client needs.

Furniture designers often work long or unusual hours to finish up a design. A manufacturer or client may contact a designer last minute to request a design, and the designer may only have a short period of time to complete it. In these cases, designers will need to be able to work effectively under pressure and under a potentially high-stress environment. Designers also need to be comfortable getting their hands dirty and working with a variety of materials. It is not uncommon for a designer to go through a factory and help piece together what is needed to create a quality piece of furniture.

Salary and Benefits

The average salary for a furniture designer is about $58,000 per year. Salaries vary according to the number of clients a designer has and the size of the manufacturers and companies they work with.

If a designer works for one specific manufacturer or company as part of their team, they may receive health insurance benefits as well as vacation and sick time. Self-employed furniture designers will have to purchase their own insurance and revolve vacation and sick leave around the needs of their clients.

Where to Go for More Information

Custom Furniture Design
50 De Haro Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 431-1551
http://www.customfurnituredesign.com

American Society of Furniture Designers
144 Woodland Drive
New London, NC 28127
(910) 576-1273
http://www.asfd.com
International Furniture and Design Association

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about 6 years ago

This information was very helpful!I was searching for information of furniture designers for my art project and i couldn't find anything about it anywhere, but this site was very helpful.

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over 5 years ago

omg there is nothing helping me wth my project on this stupid f****** computrer

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about 2 years ago

Dear Sir,

Good day, I 'm Mr. CLEOFEAGOSTO a Filipino furniture designer and currently working here in Riyadh Saudi Arabia for 10 yrs plus 6 months in China. I am intereted to apply in your company. Thank you very much.

CLEOFE SENO AGOSTO
00966 546942821

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about 2 years ago

Dear Sir,

Good day, I 'm Mr. CLEOFEAGOSTO a Filipino furniture designer and currently working here in Riyadh Saudi Arabia for 10 yrs plus 6 months in China. I am intereted to apply in your company. Thank you very much.

CLEOFE SENO AGOSTO
00966 546942821

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almost 4 years ago

Hello Sir/Mada'am,

My name Elias Gomera Peritos Sr. Filipino Citizen . I'm working Furniture Industries 25 years for U.S. market as R&D developer, Furniture Designer, Production Manager and 3D Autocad Designer Furniture and Interiors. And I'm very interested to apply my next employer if my Knowledge and experiences will fit of what you are looking for. I'm interested to come for personal Interview and actual/hands on examination as long as I am qualifier for personal interview.

Just email and contat us anytime:
Email: eliasgomeraperitos@gmail.com
eliasgperitos@msn.com
Skype: eliasperitos
Handphone: +639999497718

I'm looking forward your with convenient time for reply.

Thank you very much,

Elias Gomera Peritos Sr.
+639999497718
+639222952619

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almost 4 years ago

Am also professional furniture, I live in nigeria, I want to move to canada to enjoy my job and my life.

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about 4 years ago

Dear Customer .

I write to inform you that we are interested in your products and we require to order a particular design.The photos of the designs has been uploaded to the below link because of the size of the gallery, Please click this link to view the product sample, to confirm if you can supply exactly the designs.

Gallery Link : testingground.nazuka.net/globaltrade/
Note: For you to be able to view the picture sample, Kindly login with the same email you use for correspondence for access to our product sample catalog gallery below.

Kindly send us your catalog, and we would like to inquire about the following:

1. Delivery time of the product
2. Product warranty
3. Minimum Order Quantity
4. P a y m e n t terms available
Best Regards.
Carly Luis Warner
Purchasing manager
Cheetah Oil&Liquid Gas
cheetah_oilgas212@rediffmail.com

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about 4 years ago

Dear Customer .

I write to inform you that we are interested in your products and we require to order a particular design.The photos of the designs has been uploaded to the below link because of the size of the gallery, Please click this link to view the product sample, to confirm if you can supply exactly the designs.

Gallery Link : testingground.nazuka.net/globaltrade/
Note: For you to be able to view the picture sample, Kindly login with the same email you use for correspondence for access to our product sample catalog gallery below.

Kindly send us your catalog, and we would like to inquire about the following:

1. Delivery time of the product
2. Product warranty
3. Minimum Order Quantity
4. P a y m e n t terms available
Best Regards.
Carly Luis Warner
Purchasing manager
Cheetah Oil&Liquid Gas
cheetah_oilgas212@rediffmail.com

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over 4 years ago

Hi Sir, My Name Is Md. Shariful Islam From Bangladseh. I M Working As A Chief Designer & Whole Of Project & Site Co-ordination & Operation In Our Factory & Site Project. I Will Implement A New Concept For Any Kind Of Furniture Design & Whole Of Any Kind Of Interior Design Any Type Project. Maintain Price Reducing & Save Our Company Profit I See This Mtr.


Thanking U. & Waiting For Ur Good Responds

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over 4 years ago

Dear Sir/Madam
I'm a Vietnamese, I'm very interested in this job, it is very suitable for me.
I have over 10 years experience about furniture design and R&D and I know well how to make the products at workshop so I can design the products with good construction and best price. I have many experience about products for US. EU, England, Australia... market.
I can make technical drawings, render, photoshop, calculate prices followup samples, develop new suppliers in Vietnam and other task.
Please feel free contact me via email: luongkhkt@yahoo.com

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over 4 years ago

Dear Sir/Madam
I'm a Vietnamese, I'm very interested in this job, it is very suitable for me.
I have over 10 years experience about furniture design and R&D and I know well how to make the products at workshop so I can design the products with good construction and best price. I have many experience about products for US. EU, England, Australia... market.
I can make technical drawings, render, photoshop, calculate prices followup samples, develop new suppliers in Vietnam and other task.
Please feel free contact me via email: luongkhkt@yahoo.com

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over 4 years ago

Dear Sir /Madam
Good Day

My name is Hari Singh Gehlot. I have 23 year of experience in manufacturing of wooden furniture in INDIA. I can made good furniture chairs ,cabinates, wardrobes beds,very low price.
awating for your good responce

Best Regards,
Hari Singh Gehlot
JODHPUR (RAJASTHAN) INDIA
+91 9782821166
E-mail:- harishgehlot28@yahoo.com

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over 4 years ago

Dear Sir /Madam
Good Day

My name is Hari Singh Gehlot. I have 23 year of experience in manufacturing of wooden furniture in INDIA. I can made good furniture chairs ,cabinates, wardrobes beds,very low price.
awating for your good responce

Best Regards,
Hari Singh Gehlot
JODHPUR (RAJASTHAN) INDIA
+91 9782821166
E-mail:- harishgehlot28@yahoo.com

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almost 5 years ago

Dear Sir / Madam,

My Name is MEO ABASTAS 45 years of age a DESIGN INTERIOR & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT.

With reference to your advertisement in I am writing to apply for the position of Designer & Product Development,
Enclosed is a copy of my resume which provides details of my qualifications for the position. I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss my interest and qualifications.

Firstly, let me tell you about myself as a designer and doing cutting list for costing well my expertise and vast exposure in creative for Home
Fit-Out and Product Decorations, Indoor & Outdoor Furniture, Lighting's & Graphic design was honed from The time I started as a draftsman until I became a designer, then as head of Product Research and Development at COMPEX SHENZHEN LTD. This company is a
design and manufacturing base in Shenzhen China, The said company have supplied designs to US based buyers like Wall-Mart, Hooker,
Lowe's, Largo, Martha Stewart and more and several other companies from Asia and middle east.

And also HAMILTON SPILL (Furniture group) this company base in Canada and the main office of Asia is in
Hong Kong and there is also have office in Dongguan China and Vietnam,

I am interested to join your team and I’m sure you would consider my more than (20) years experience
Eleven (11) years of which as PROD Head and the other thirteen (13) years as a designer. I can assure you,
that with my skills and talent, I can give value to your organization by the originality, ingenuity, and
quality of work and product I can make. You would be impressed with the job that I could do - from
designing to implementation of samples and I have experience of
Auto CAD, Photoshop rendering and especially Freehand Drawing.

I'm a waiting to hear your soonest positive response about my query, and please review the
attachment with my Resume and my web link portfolio below and click again of Portfolio.

Thanks with best regards,

Meo Abastas
Designer Interior & Product development
Phil Mobile : +63 9163412239
Phil Tel : +6332 4898501
E-mail Address: meonmj2002@yahoo.com

MSN : meo.designheart_2008@live.com

Skype : MeoA_hk

http://www.coroflot.com/MeoAbastas