Schools with Furniture Making Programs: How to Choose

Furniture makers repair, restore and create custom furniture. They may be self-employed or work for furniture production companies. Certificate and associate's degree programs in furniture and woodworking are offered through several colleges across the United States.

Furniture makers may create custom furniture, recreate historical pieces or repair damaged items. Training for this career can be found at the design and woodworking departments of technical colleges, arts colleges and community colleges.

Schools with Furniture Making Programs

These schools offer undergraduate furniture making programs, which include hands-on training.

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition and Fees 2015-2016*
Salt Lake Community College Salt Lake City, UT 2-year, Public Certificate $3,569 in-state, $11,337 out-of-state
Red Rocks Community College Lakewood, CO 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $3,429 in-state, $13,145 out-of-state
Bucks County Community College Newtown, PA 2-year, Public Certificate $4,178 in-district, $7,658 in-state, $11,138 out-of-state
Cerritos College Norwalk, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,346 in-state, $7,926 out-of-state
Palomar College San Marcos, CA 2-year, Public Certificate, Associate's $1,338 in-state, $7,078 out-of-state
Eastern Maine Community College Bangor, ME 2-year, Public Associate's $3,810 in-state, $6,510 out-of-state
De Anza College Cupertino, CA 2-year, Public Associate's $1,542 in-state, $8,382 out-of-state
California College of the Arts San Francisco, CA 2-year, Public Bachelor's $43,708

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Students should keep these considerations in mind when choosing a school:

  • Furniture makers must know tool operation, design methods and ornamentation techniques, which can be learned through certificate or associate's degree programs in furniture making.
  • Students can look for schools that focus on specific job skills, small business models and internships.
  • Some schools are specialized in a certain type or style of furniture.

Certificate Programs

Certificate programs may last up to a full year. They can be specialized in a particular type of furniture, such as cabinets, or a specific style, such as Spanish colonial. Many certificate programs offer generalized furniture making techniques and may culminate with the creation of a piece of furniture. Depending on previous experience and education, students may be qualified to enter into advanced certificate programs.

Associate's Degree Programs

Students enrolled in associate's degree programs typically create multiple products throughout the two years, which can add to students' portfolios. Since programs may have limited enrollment, previous woodworking experience may factor into the application process.

Furniture making programs are commonly available at the certificate and associate's degree levels. Prospective students should consider a school's specializations and the availability of internships.


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