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Bedroom fitter

Bedroom fitters install bedroom furniture, including flat packs and bespoke build units. You could be creating in-built wardrobes and storage units to transform a room or help your clients to make better use of their space.

Average salary*

£18000

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£35000

How to become a bedroom fitter

There are several routes to becoming a bedroom fitter. You could do a college course, an apprenticeship or apply directly to an employer for work.

You should explore these routes to becoming bedroom fitter, to find out which is the right one for you. Although some of these options have certain qualification requirements, many employers are more interested in people who are enthusiastic, willing to learn and can follow instructions.

You may need a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card to work on a construction site.

College/training provider

While there are no set qualifications required to become a bedroom fitter, having GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades A* to C or levels 9 to 4 in maths and English can be beneficial.

You can also complete a college course such as Level 1 or 2 Certificate in Carpentry and Joinery, or a Level 2 Diploma in Fitted Interiors, although most employers will probably still want to see you have some construction experience.

> Equivalent entry requirements explained

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> Funding advice

Apprenticeship

You could complete an apprenticeship to become a bedroom fitter.

An apprenticeship with a bedroom fitting company is a good way into the industry.

You’ll need up to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent to become an apprentice.

Apprenticeships are open to anyone over the age of 16. As an apprentice, you will be fully employed by your company and expected to work a minimum of 30 hours a week. Your time will be split between on-the-job experience and a college or training provider.

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> Guide to apprenticeships

Work

If you have some basic experience, you could apply directly to a construction company to gain onsite experience as a bedroom fitter. You might start out as an assistant to a more experienced bedroom fitter and progress as your abilities improve. You could also start out as a carpenter or joiner and specialise as a bedroom fitter with time.

Work experience

Work experience is essential to gaining employment within the construction industry. You could gain this at school, or by working weekends and holidays with a company or relative who works as a bedroom fitter. Potential employers will always be pleased to see work experience listed on your CV.

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Skills 

Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as a bedroom fitter include: 

  • Attention to detail
  • Understanding of construction projects
  • Team working skills 
  • Design skills and knowledge
  • Collaboration.

Many bedroom fitters have experience or qualifications in other trades such as joinery. Having experience in related industries such as carpentry or plastering can also help improve your confidence and skills. 


What does a bedroom fitter do?

As a bedroom fitter, you will be responsible for overseeing and completing all activities involved in installing and fitting bedrooms. Duties may include removing existing units and measuring up for new ones. You could also be required to follow plans drawn up by design teams and working around existing features such as hidden pipes and units.

The role of a bedroom fitter involves the following duties: 

  • Removing and disposing of old units and suites
  • Measuring out and assembling units
  • Fitting units and appliances
  • Laying floors and decorating walls
  • Marking the location of hidden pipes and cables
  • Measuring and cutting worktops, recesses and joints
  • Fitting units, furniture and appliances
  • Clearing away debris at the end of the job
  • Working in clients’ homes or businesses.

How much could you earn as a bedroom fitter?

The expected salary for a bedroom fitter varies as you become more experienced.

  • Newly trained bedroom fitters can earn £18,000 - £20,000
  • Trained bedroom fitters with some experience can earn £20,000 - £35,000*
  • Self-employed bedroom fitters set their own pay rates.

Hours and salary depend on location, employer and any overtime you may do.

* Salaries have been collected from multiple industry sources and have been updated as of 2019


Jobs

Check out the latest bedroom fitter vacancies: 

As these are external websites, the number of vacancies related to your preferred role may vary. New opportunities will be posted as they come up.

Career path and progression

As a bedroom fitter, you could move into further roles including:

  • Occupational supervisor
  • Kitchen fitter
  • Shopfitter
  • Carpenter.

You could also progress into a position as an estimator, also known as a cost engineer, or take on a senior manager or team leader role with a company.

Progression Opportunities

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