Furniture, furnishings and interiors apprenticeship

Without furniture the world would be an empty and uncomfortable place. There will always be a need for people to design, make and install furniture for our homes, offices and public areas.

The furniture, furnishings and interiors industry is covered by three main sectors: domestic (home furnishings sold in shops); office (desks and other items for the office environment), and contract (furniture for public areas such as hospitals, schools and airports).

The industry also includes restoration, upholstery, soft furnishings and both kitchen and garden furniture. The production of furniture has traditionally been a skilled craft, although it has become increasingly automated in recent years. Modern technologies and materials are essential to improve efficiency, productivity and competitiveness. Commercial and domestic consumers have constantly changing demands and preferences and they expect very high standards in the furnishing of their living and workplace environments.

A diverse range of careers are available to you as an apprentice, from entry-level framemakers and wood machinists to restorers, upholsters and cabinet-makers. You will need good hand–eye co-ordination and be able to use tools effectively and work to high levels of accuracy. Making furniture can be physically demanding work. Some roles will take place in a factory environment and you may be required to undertake shift and/or weekend work.

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Intermediate (Level 2), Advanced (Level 3), Higher (Level 5)

Starting salary (once qualified):


Job roles:

Mattress maker, Cabinet/Furniture maker, Furniture installer, Soft furnisher, Upholsterer, Furniture manufacturing technician

Issuing Authority:

Proskills UK Ltd –