Course Title: Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2011

Course Code: ARCH5168C

Course Title: Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5249 - Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration

Course Contact : Jennifer Crowley

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Jennifer Crowley

John Perperis

Lindsey Glover

Jenni Woods

Robyn Sturgeon

Accelerated Program

Nancy Everingham (coordinator)

Lindsey Glover

Nominal Hours: 50

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit specifies the outcomes required to research and recommend soft furnishings for various decoration and design solutions to meet client and project brief requirements.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMFID4005A Research and recommend soft furnishings for interiors


1.  Assess soft furnishing requirements for the project

Performance Criteria:

1.1. Applicable OHS, legislative and organisational requirements relevant to researching and recommending soft furnishings are verified and complied with
1.2. Project brief is reviewed to determine desired effects for interior space
1.3. Parameters for the project are assessed and confirmed
1.4. Resources are selected appropriate to work requirements and checked for operational effectiveness
1.5. Communication with others is established and maintained


2.  Research materials for soft furnishings

Performance Criteria:

2.1. Aesthetic, visual characteristics and colour requirements of the soft furnishings are assessed
2.2. Intended applications for the soft furnishings are analysed and reviewed
2.3. New soft furnishing and material technologies are researched and assessed against the project brief
2.4. Tactile requirements of the soft furnishings in relation to the design are researched
2.5. Properties of the materials used in the production of soft furnishings are analysed and evaluated
2.6. Manufacturing processes and available expertise for the materials are assessed
2.7. Costs and availability of materials are assessed and compared
2.8. Environmental impact and benefits of materials are assessed
2.9. Durability, restorability and maintenance care quality of materials are researched and requirements for residential and industrial applications examined


3.  Research and recommend decorative treatments for windows and openings

Performance Criteria:

3.1. Range of window treatments, their application and fixing technologies are researched
3.2. New technologies in window treatments are researched and relevance for decorative project identified
3.3. The features, limitations and environmental impact of window treatments are identified
3.4. The types of openings and their requirements are identified and a range of possible creative solutions determined
3.5. Window or opening is measured and details recorded accurately for a range of window treatments
3.6. Fabric requirements are calculated, and manufacturing requirements determined for a range of window treatments taking into consideration pattern repeats
3.7. Window treatment is selected and specified to meet client requirements and minimise environmental impact
3.8. Fixing technology is specified appropriate to selected window treatment
3.9. Cost estimates are calculated and assessed against project budget


4.  Research and recommend soft floor coverings

Performance Criteria:

4.1. Range of floor coverings, their application and installation requirements are researched
4.2. The features, limitations and environmental impact of floor coverings are identified
4.3. Floor area is measured and details recorded accurately for flooring solution
4.4. Flooring solution is selected and details specified to meet client requirements
4.5. Cost estimates are calculated and assessed against project budget


5.  Document and rpesent decorative recommendations

Performance Criteria:

5.1. Soft furnishings are selected to achieve parameters of design brief
5.2. Specifications are documented for all soft furnishing recommendations
5.3. Schedule is presented to support decorative solution
5.4. Sample board is created to enhance and support the decorative intention
5.5. Feedback and follow up is instigated and maintained with the client

Learning Outcomes

This unit supports the attainment of skills and knowledge required for competent research and recommendation of soft furnishings which include curtains and window fittings, carpets, rugs and textiles used in upholstery, cushions and trimmings, in order to achieve integrated decoration and design solutions to meet a project brief.

Details of Learning Activities

You will participate in a range of learning activities in this unit, including

Lectures with Guest Industry speakers

Site visits to showrooms, manufactures of soft furnishing products & Trade Fairs

Demonstrations, including AV presentations.

Supervised studio activities and

Research projects

Self Directed Learning
Some activities will include a self directed learning approach, Self-directed learning refers to organised activities that students undertake independently, either as individuals or with other students, that are directed by a teacher. This may include workplace research, library assignments, field work and work placements.

Teaching Schedule

Please refer to MYRMIT (Blackboard) for weekly outline of course

ARCH 5168C - folder weekly course notes.

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

BQ web site-

Zepel Fabrics web site -

Sot Furnishing course notes on Blackboard, MYRMIT

Overview of Assessment

• Effectively research soft furnishings to assist with informing the decoration process and arrive at a solution which meets client requirements
• Effectively apply design elements and principles to the recommendation of soft furnishings to achieve a minimum of two integrated decorative solutions
• Correctly calculate quantities and costings required to achieve decorative solution
• Visually present decorative ideas
• Comply with legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and established safe practices and procedures for researching and recommending soft furnishings

Assessment Tasks

Soft Furnishings for Interiors is clustered with a number of units using the same projects for assessment.

Clustered with Decorate Residential Interiors, Prepare a Material Board & Drawing Techniques.

Task 1

Fabric Swatch Collection-  To identify and collect key fabric samoles that will be used regularly in the Interior Design & decoration Industry.

Task 2

"When we were Young", Child’s bedroom fit out - To research suitable fabrics, furniture & accessories to fit out a Childs bedroom. Supported with full documenation & costings.

Task 3 

Regular quizzes to form part on-line assessment & final calculation test.  on curtain & blind calculations.

All components must be addressed to gain a pass in this course and be deemed competent overall.

Soft Furnishing for Interiors is a perquisite for Specify Furnishing Solutions.

Assessment Matrix

Please refer to MYRMIT  (blackboard) for Assessment Matrix

Other Information

Soft Furnishing for Interiors is a part of a clustered unit

Included in this clustered package is also Decorate Residential Interiors & Prepare a Material Board.

Supporting the learning outcome  - Assessment on Drawing Techniques is also based on the work generated in the above courses.

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