Course Overview

A New Furniture Product Developer develops new and improved furniture products such as domestic and office furniture. New Furniture Product Developers develop new products or improve existing products so that the company can meet customers’ needs more effectively. They create design briefs using their knowledge of industry specific legislation and understanding of products and materials. They manage the furniture product development and improvement process from conception through to completion.

In their daily work, an employee in this occupation interacts with a range of people including production/manufacturing managers, quality technicians, product developers, engineers, purchasers, customers and suppliers. They understand design, testing, materials and manufacturing processes.

An employee in this occupation will be responsible for working as part of a team, collaborating with marketing, technical, suppliers and manufacturing specialists throughout the product-development/improvement process. They will report to a senior member of staff such as the Design Director. A New Product Developer combines design, business and engineering skills to create products that meet both market and production requirements. They also test products both internally and externally.

New Furniture Product Developers can work in a range of environments from small workshops to large factories.

Typical job titles include:
• Furniture design technician
• Design technician
• New furniture product developer
• Furniture designer
• Product designer
• Product developer

The Content

New Furniture Product Developers will develop the following skills, knowledge and behaviours:

• Work safely at all times
• Plan, organise and manage furniture design projects
• Maintain furniture design records
• Apply specific regulations, legislation and standards
• Create suitable furniture designs for assembly/manufacturing
• Select appropriate furniture materials, products and components
• Investigate new and existing furniture products and materials
• Develop new furniture products and improve existing products
• Prove and test new and improved furniture products internally and externally
• Collaborate with marketing, technical, suppliers and manufacturing specialists
• Arrange and coordinate test build programmes for value engineering of product and componentry
• Choose furniture manufacturing methods, processes and techniques to suit customer requirements
• Develop furniture specifications for products to be manufactured
• Produce 2D and 3D furniture drawings, prototypes, models, mock-ups, artwork, samples or test pieces to industry standards
• Resent furniture designs to customers
• Produce visuals that demonstrates how furniture designs meets the strength, aesthetics, cost and other relevant requirements of the brief
• Collate comprehensive costing information such as a Bill of Materials
• Apply effective communication techniques at all levels including written and verbal communication skills
• Develop and maintain effective working relationships

• Health, safety and environmental management
• Codes of Practice, industry testing and environmental standards and legislation
• Basic project management
• Create and scale designs
• Sustainability and protecting the environment in furniture design
• Furniture design trends, technological developments, new markets and innovation
• Ergonomics and anthropometrics in furniture
• Commercial and domestic furniture designs
• How to design for furniture assembly/disassembly
• Furniture industry materials and modern and traditional manufacturing methods
• Strength of materials and material selection
• Product and material investigation techniques
• Furniture products and services
• New product development introduction processes
• Product testing methods and processes
• Furniture product and material investigation techniques
• Furniture product specifications
• How to produce 2D and 3D furniture drawings, prototypes, models, mock-ups, artwork, samples or test pieces
• Presentation techniques
• How to communicate furniture design proposals
• Bill of materials and costs to produce furniture designs
• Effective communication skills
• Equality and diversity

• Safety-first attitude
• Shows integrity and good time management
• Efficient in working individually and as part of a team
• Thorough and accurate
• Friendly and approachable
• Demonstrates creative thinking
• Methodical approach
• Positive work ethic
• Professional and motivated
• Sets and example to others

Functional Skills in English and Maths
Where a New Furniture Product Developer has not already achieved Level 2 English and Maths, they must do so before taking the End Point Assessment.

The Assessment

Learners will need to undertake an End Point Assessment which consists of the following 3 elements:
• Multiple choice test
• Project, presentation and questions
• Professional discussion

Course Duration

24 Months


The new furniture product developer role may be a gateway to further career opportunities, such as senior support roles or to further study.

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