How To Become a Kitchen Designer

What is a Kitchen Designer?

A kitchen designer is creative individual who works with their client to discuss, design, and create a kitchen of their dreams by identifying all their client’s needs.

What do they do?

To create immense designs, the designer would discuss ideas about the materials, theme colour and room layout with the client. The designer will then create a drawing by using free-hand or CAD packages (such as 2020 Fusion or Compusoft Winner) based on the clients wants and requirements. It is very important that the designer pays considerable attention to the area’s space and the workflow for its use.

They may work independently or take part-time or full-time positions in companies or teams.

How do you become a Kitchen Designer?

Education

If you’re interested in pursuing a career as a kitchen designer, the first thing to consider is Education. There are several options out there for you such as Apprenticeships and Degrees.

Skill Set:

A great designer can perfectly execute what the customer is looking for whilst putting their own expertise and inspiration into a design

The perfect designer should have all of the following skills in their arsenal:

  • Creativity
  • Ability to listen
  • Project Management
  • Ability to work to a budget
  • Customer Service
  • To be able to present your ideas

Any Previous Experience

Experience in other jobs can help you become a kitchen designer.

Many kitchen designer jobs require experience, including any prior work as a bathroom designer or even an interior design. Meanwhile, many kitchen designers also have previous career experience in roles such as sales associate or kitchen and bathroom designer.

Opinions From The Kitchen Industry

We felt that it is important to get the opinions from some of the leading independent kitchen showrooms. Following this, we have spoken with Sue Birch of Kitchen & Bedroom Studios and Lindsey Copperwheat of TC Kitchens, who are both Directors at their respective showrooms.

Sue – Kitchen & Bedroom Studios

“To be able to listen to the client is the most important trait when it comes to being a kitchen designer. The ideal kitchen designer will be able to combine their design skillset with the customers wants and requirements, which is what I look for when I recruit my Kitchen Designers. I also feel it is vital for any kitchen designer to be able to show initiative and enthusiasm.”

Lindsey – TC Kitchens

“Recruiting a good Kitchen Designer is no easy task! As an employer, looking for someone who will integrate into an existing team and adopt a company’s ethos is key.  Excellent customer relations skills, the ability to listen, experience of design software and knowledge of the installation requirements are equality as important as having drive, passion and eye for design.”

In Conclusion

Whether you are looking to start a kitchen designer apprenticeship or looking for your next kitchen designer role, we are here to help you! Take a look at our KBB Specific job board here or give our team a call on 01933 448877.