Furniture Designer

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Overview: They design furniture for manufacturers according to knowledge of current style trends and competitors' products. Consider costs of production and feasibility of manufacture of the design for each item. They study design styles of specific periods and countries for new design ideas.
Duties: The create sketches and drawings to review furniture design ideas with marketing specialists and furniture dealers. They modify design ideas to be accpetable to these consumer experts.

They prepare blueprints and detailed specifications for a new furniture design which includes metal, wood or plastic frame and the fabrics needed. They make mock-ups or models.

They meet with furniture material experts to identify potential faults in the design or manufacturing difficulties. Confer with producers of fabrics to review textiles, patterns and colors.

They work with furniture marketing and sales experts to develop marketing strategy, pricing, advertising & sales plan. Oversee manufacturing of furniture, & test & inspect completed product.

Degree(s): A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 2% to 4% from 2018 to 2028, which is slightly slower than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $31,000
Green: Green Career
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: Most employers prefer to hire designers with a bachelor's degree in applied arts or an associate degree from a two or three year professional design school. A knowledge of textiles, fabrics, metals and glass as well as computer-aided design and human factors engineering is essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Analyzing requirements for a new product or service and creating a design to satisfy those needs.
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

* For New York green job information .

Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.