Department of Interior Design

Department of Interior Design

Department of Interior Design – Furniture Planning



Course Name

Furniture Planning

Course ID


Course credits


Teaching hourly fee



Chen Li-Yu



Required/Elective course



Type of Service

(Multiple options allowed)

□ Educational counseling  □ Information technology  ■ Creative design

□ Community development  □ Marketing and promotion  □ Social service  

□ International care  □ Cultural archives  □ Environmental protection  

□ Others ____________________



(Evaluation on Service Programs)

The objectives of courses may be interpreted in different terms:

1.    In terms of the students’ growth: The students may experience the importance of social services and train their understanding and care for the disadvantaged groups, through the brand new service learning courses.

2.    In terms of the benefits to be gained by service recipient: The living environment may be improved by the physical creative service, and the teaching may be conducted with the meaningful aid from the communication procedure.

3.    In terms of the creative teaching model: The location of learning may be transformed from traditional classroom into the live service area. Solving problems from learning by doing refers to a realistic and advanced practicing very helpful for the teaching effectiveness.

4.    In terms of creative service model: Change the traditional service model by introducing professionalism into services and providing services in a manner benefiting both parties.


Objectives of Plan

The interior design refers to a design service focusing on the design of interior space, which must satisfy the owner’s needs and limits on design conditions. Meanwhile, when analyzing any problems, needs, limits and feasibility, the designer needs to communicate with the owner so as to propose the optimal design program fitting the owner’s characteristics. The courses aim at helping the students establish their ability to research problems, think creatively, express programs and prepare budget, for the review on the general ability to implement programs. The courses adopt the service learning teaching model out of the motive to have the students practice their learning in class on the site physically by virtue of the service learning process.  The knowledge learned from classes may be validated by the experience in the service process, and the students may find their defects and weakness in the majors they take based on their experience in providing the service, so as to stimulate their motive and efforts of learning.

The concrete implementation strategies include:

1.       Introduction of the concept and experience about service

Inspire the trainees’ motive to engage in providing service by the service experience shared by the senior, and stimulate their willingness to learn by the experience shared by the National Youth Contribution Award and Holistic Caring Award winners.

2.       Demand investigation and communication experience

Communicate with the owner through the research on the physical environmental space to enable students to verify the efforts to be spent in the communication for conceiving and practicing ideas.

3.       Proposal submission and implementation plan

To establish the trainees’ ability to deal with frustration and alternative programs through the process for proposing, communicating and coordinating the service program.


Cooperative entities

Name of Organization or Community receiving the service: The Carpenter’s House/Ai-Jia Development Center.

Service Recipient Disadvantaged groups/physically and mentally disordered; Number of service recipients:  80 persons (Not the number of trainees)


Objectives of Courses

(1)  Know the types and functions of furniture;

(2)  Understand the meaning of furniture planning;

(3)  Know the brand and characteristics of furniture;

(4)  Plan adequate furniture per the nature of space;

(5)  Complete the furniture planning and briefing required by the physical program.


Model and contents of implementation of service programs

( to the contents of courses for 18 weeks on a weekly basis)


Service learning stage







The courses shall be carried out in three steps:

The first step for introduction to courses/meaning of service learning.

Site survey and communication for demand

The second step for teaching of professional knowledge.

The third step for diagnosis and inspection of life spaces.



Implementation of improvement on healthy life spaces.



Review on results of improvement on healthy life spaces.


Celebration/presentation of results

Presentation and sharing of results


(Please added the lines, if necessary.)



Contents of courses



February 19

Furniture & Furniture Planning

— Definition of furniture, meaning of furniture planning, and purpose of furniture planning

Famous Brands of Furniture

Class requirements, operation requirements and service learning


February 26

Types of Furniture

— Furniture supporting seating and sleeping, desks & tables (or furniture for holding objects), and cabinet furniture. 



March 5

Materials for Furniture – wood, metal, plastic, glass, stone materials, fabric, leather, composite materials, and coating materials

Furniture Construction

— Joggle joint, nail joint, locking, welding, bonding, and others



March 12

Furniture Ergonomics

— Concept about Ergonomics, human seated position-related scale, human standing position-related scale, and human action-related scale.

Survey on base


March 19

Sport games

Residential furniture planning (1) for Living Room Furniture Arrangement

— Audio-visual cabinet, sofa, coffee table, floor lamp



March 26

Residential furniture planning (2) for Dining Room Furniture Arrangement

— Table, chair, cupboard and liquor cabinet



April 2

Field trip week

Suspension of classes

Survey on base


April 9

Residential furniture planning (3) for Bedroom Furniture Arrangement

— Bed, nightstand, headboard, footboard, closet, vanity table, empress chair



April 16

Residential furniture planning (4) for Kitchen Layout

— Counter, sink, dishwasher, stove, vent hood, worktable, refrigerator



April 23

Interim test

Residential furniture planning (5) for Reading Room Furniture Arrangement

— Computer desk, reading table, reading chair, bookcase



April 30

Office furniture planning (1) Office Work Space Layout

1.  Manager – Desk, chair, bookcase

2.  Open area – Working desk & table, movable cabinet, bookcase

3.  Team

4.  Personal work units —



May 7

Office furniture planning (2) Meeting Room Layout

1.  Conference room

2.  Meeting room

3.  Counseling room

4.  Brainstorm area



May 14

Office furniture planning (3) Support Space Layout

1.  Lobby – Reception counter, desk, chair, newspaper rack, magazine shelf

2.  Copy area

3.  Archiving area

4.  Pantry

5.  Lounge



May 21

Restaurant furniture planning (1) Chinese Restaurant Layout

— Counter, liquor cabinet, round table, chair, cupboard, VIP room, sofa,

onsite implementation


May 28

Restaurant furniture planning (2) Western Restaurant Layout

— Counter, bar, table, chair, cupboard, liquor cabinet, trolley, menu shelf

onsite implementation


June 04

Hotel Furniture Arrangement

— Baggage carriage, closet, TV cabinet, vanity table, bed, desk, chair, sofa, and suit rack



June 11

Final Presentation (1)



June 18

Final Presentation (2)



Total service learning hours

Total course hours: 36 hours

Students’ actual service hours: 24 hours

Number of student teams: a total of 1 team, consisting of 60 persons.

Total number of service recipients: 60 persons (number of service recipients*number of frequency).


Descriptions about expected students’ growth in professions

Based on the past learning experience and the implementation of service learning, the students may find the importance of teamwork and professional division of labor and experience the actual social operation earlier, so as to greatly help them in the future employment. The qualitative performance objectives may be interpreted in the following four manners:

1.    Learn professional knowledge voluntarily and train the ability to solve problems;

2.    Attend class to learn knowledge and practice design outside classroom;

3.    Learn skill in interaction and communication and find out the need for customer service;

4.    Fulfill creative design idea, and integrate and practice professional skills.


Anticipated benefits to be gained the service recipient


1.    Receive professional supporting service and solve actual problems;

2.    Improve space and environment, and upgrade field quality;

3.    Integrate service resources and provide substantial helps.


Rating criteria

(Please include the way to assess service programs.)

1.    Report on the program results (written)

2.    Sharing of service learning experience (verbal)

3.    Satisfaction survey and feedback (feedback by the owner)


Learning Website

(Not required to be specified, if it is the first time to apply for the courses.)


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