Interior Design Assistant

Lend a hand with interior design projects.

Quick Stats


Salary Range
$26,000 – $85,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Interior Design Assistants do?

Interior Design Assistants help professional Interior Designers juggle different projects, anticipate their needs, and essentially make their job easier so they can take on more clients. (If you are a “Will and Grace” fan, forget everything you learned from Karen Walker, the sassiest and most famous Interior Design Assistant ever.)

As an Interior Design Assistant, your time is divided up between assisting the Interior Designer in the field and working at the office. While at the project sites, you run errands (such as shopping or picking up items from a supplier) and assist with duties that are hard for one person to do by themselves (such as arranging furniture and taking measurements.) At the office, you answer phones, keep up the filing, and writing emails.

Being an Interior Design Assistant requires creativity and attention to detail. Once the Interior Designer you work for gains trust in your creative judgment, they may ask for your opinions and suggestions on design issues, such as which fabric swatches match a particular carpet sample for a den or which type of material you think will work best for a kitchen’s countertops.

Knowing how to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs increases your value to the Designer even more. An Interior Design Assistant with a great sense of style, plus the ability to help create computerized visual presentations for the clients, is usually an Interior Design Assistant with a job.

Many Interior Design Assistants use their on-the-job-training to become Interior Designers later. The experience you receive as an Assistant will be very useful when job hunting or striking out on your own as a professional Interior Designer.


Should I be an Interior Design Assistant?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Outside the Box Thinker: Your creative brainpower gets a workout as you come up with innovative ideas.
  • Flexible: You're open to change and think variety is the spice of life.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Interior Design Consultant

    How to Become an
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