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Detail Drawing for Interior Designers

Detail Drawing for Interior Designers

Chelsea College of Arts
Taught by
Debbie Blandford


Join Detail Drawing for Interior Design and learn the essential stages involved with designing a specific item and producing a fully annotated detailed working drawing – a unique skill for any interior designer to add to their portfolio.

Detailing is an important part of an Interior designer’s job and is an opportunity to stamp your creativity onto a scheme.  From hiding services to designing wardrobes this practical project based course will guide you through the process and enable you to communicate your ideas to contractors and clients alike.

You will learn how to take a detailed brief and how to interpret this into existing architectural spaces via sketching, scaled models and 3D drawings. We will cover ergonomics, construction, materials and finishes, manufacturing techniques and hardware. Finally, you will produce a fully annotated detailed working drawing to communicate your idea to a manufacturer.

Topics Covered

  • When do we use detailed drawing
  • Taking detailed briefs
  • Sketching
  • Scaled models
  • 3D drawing
  • Materials and finishes
  • Annotating
  • Communicating with trades people

Course Outcomes
You’ll come away from the course with an understanding of the process involved with designing bespoke fitted furniture. as well as the materials, finishes and manufacturing processes.

Who Should Attend
Anyone who has a keen interest in designing unique fitted furniture such as wardrobes and a variety of storage solutions. Ideal for design professional’s eager to add to their skills base. Interested beginners with technical drawing skills and a knowledge of design principles are also welcome. All drawing will be done by hand.

Beginner / Intermediate

View PDF to explore progression: Interior Design: Your Journey [188kb]

Tutor Description

Debbie Blandford has a Masters Degree from the Royal College of Art and 28 years experience working as design consultant to architectural practices and individual clients. She has a passion for working collaboratively and globally, resulting in a truly eclectic career. Projects have included hotels, bars and restaurants, aviation design, exhibitions, and high end residential interiors. 

Clients have included the government of Saudi Arabia. Debbie also designs Furniture offering a truly bespoke interior service as well as developing products with Ross Lovegrove.  

Alongside her professional career she has taught part time across all educational levels in both the public and private sectors as well as delivering specialist courses for companies including British AirwaysThe Foreign Office and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Currently Associate Lecturer at The University of the Arts London & Professor at Syracuse University


Please bring the following materials with you on the first day:

  • Pen and note pad
  • A4 sketchbook 
  • 05 technical pencil / 2H leads
  • 250mm set square
  • Scale ruler with scales 1:50 / 1:20 / 1:25
  • Eraser

Most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Chelsea College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates