What is the work environment for an interior designer who travels?
Depending on what position an interior designer holds, the types of clients they serve and where they work (for a firm, retail business, self-employed, etc.), additional travel may be involved.
Traveling to see clients
Self-employed interior designers and those who work at firms will typically travel within their city/town or region to meet or work with their clients on site. Some interior designers, if they're in high demand or work for a high-profile firm, can also travel outside of their state or even country to see clients. Designers who work retail may usually meet clients in the store or wholesale company setting and less frequently travel to see clients on site.
Traveling to trade shows
Retail interior designers can travel to trade shows to set up exhibits, displays and facilitate trade show marketing and sales. Self-employed interior designers or those who work at firms typically travel to trade shows to view the latest trends, build partnerships and more. Trade shows are often at a distance — either in another city or state — and take place throughout the year.
Traveling to visit manufacturers
Interior designers who work in larger firms and self-employed designers may travel to meet with manufacturers and view their products. Interior designers who work in retail settings can also travel to meet with manufacturers if their role requires procurement. Where designers travel depends on the location of the manufacturer, so the distance and setting can be varied. For most designers, this kind of travel will be within the same region or state.
Traveling to showrooms or design centers
Self-employed interior designers and those who work at firms will often travel to showrooms and design centers for procurement of furnishings and materials. The distance traveled will vary based on the needs of the client and clients served by your business or firm.
Traveling to conferences
All types of interior designers may sometimes travel to conferences to present their work and network with colleagues, though presenting will typically be more common for more senior level designers. Conferences can take place anywhere and provide great opportunities for learning and advancing your interior design career. Explore our list of Interior Design Communities and you’re sure to find information on communities that host conferences where interior designers may travel to.
Now that you know more about where interior designers can work, you’ll be able to make an informed decision for yourself and your career. Delve even deeper into the time commitment required per day and per week as an interior designer in our next article, How Many Hours Do Interior Designers Work?