Eye for design and plan on working with furniture? There is nothing more rewarding than crafting a career out of your biggest passion. In this article, we explore some of the jobs available that allow you to work closely with furniture:
Read on as we explore the career options ahead of you.
Looking to match your furniture obsession with something hands-on? If creating things comes naturally to you and you have an obsession for furniture, building and designing the things you love could be a no-brainer. Furniture design is a great opportunity to create the furniture you love and sell it to people who appreciate your work just as much.
Furniture designers work mostly with materials such as wood, metals, plastics, and fabrics to create bespoke pieces to sell to customers. While it can be incredibly rewarding to see your creations fly out the door, success in furniture design does not come without great effort.
Your working day is likely made up of the following:
Sketching technical drawings
Cutting and shaping materials
Pricing up projects
Many furniture designers also restore antiques and repair damaged furniture, which along with the other tasks, requires great skill and experience. You cannot pick up a pencil and saw, expecting to create a masterpiece people flock to buy. From college to apprenticeships, you’ll have to invest in education and learn the craft before calling yourself a furniture maker.
Furniture brings together a room and defines its character, but not everyone has an eye for design quite like you. Use your furniture obsession to make the best use of space — and become an interior designer. Every interior space has a purpose. Take the dining room for example a place to eat? Yes. But it could be so much more. Talented interior designers are in high demand because they elevate a room beyond its base functionality.
Most people are likely familiar with the typical dining room setup: rounded communal tables, framed dining chairs, and ceramic flooring to catch the spills. Your expertise, however, can finesse the design, choose the right centrepiece, and transform a drab, uninspired environment into a banquet hall fit for royalty (and your clients).
Interior design is more than a love of furniture though. After all, changing the design of a well-crafted table or particularly cosy reclining sofa is one thing, but communicating with clients is a whole other side of the job you must get used to. Becoming a successful interior designer is all about keeping on top of trends, selling big ideas, and tailoring your delivery to client expectations — think you have what it takes?
Passion for solving problems and making practical decisions? Becoming a furniture fitter might be the perfect job to complement both your passions and your talent. Furniture fitters are responsible for preparing and installing items of furniture in kitchens, bedrooms, offices, shops, exhibitions, and much more.
With such a wide variety of work, furniture fitting often proves to be a rewarding career path for those who thrive in an ever-changing workplace. One day you could be fitting an art installation, the next a sliding wardrobe in someone's home.
Besides an obsession with furniture, here are some qualities you need to consider before pursuing a career in furniture fitting:
Strong practical skills
Natural problem solver
Careful consideration of health & safety
Understanding of building regulations
Excellent client communication
Becoming a furniture fitter entails lots of hard work, but equally, the reward is likely worth it if you exhibit these qualities. Not only are you solving new problems every day, but according to the furniture fitter opportunities on our website, you’re also able to earn £1200 per week.
Furniture upholstery is a fine and delicate art. It’s the work of weaving padding, fabric or leather covers onto furniture (particularly chairs). As an upholsterer you’ll be expected to make, replace, and repair furniture coverings. With this skill, you can breathe new life into antiques and create entirely new pieces.
Like furniture makers and interior designers, upholsterers need to stay up to date on the latest trends and move with the times, both evolving in style and adopting new techniques. The work of an upholsterer is varied, for instance, some help clients create durable, child-proof family rooms, while others work with businesses to meet building codes.
To master upholstery you’ll need to pay keen attention to details, work well with your hands, and showcase a flair for design. It is a profession that has been handed down through generations, with more traditional upholstery appearing in the 17th Century as a statement of wealth.
The long storied history of upholstery provides scope for you to work with old items, perhaps even restoring them to former glory — but if antiques aren’t your thing then you can also specialise in modern design and become self-employed.
Your passion for furniture can open up many career options, especially as people are always on the lookout for someone with your eye for design. From making and designing to fitting furniture, make the most of your passion by exploring the career paths in front of you.