Nils Månsson Mandelgren, artist and ethnologist, started the Söndags-Rit-skola för Hantverkare (Sunday Drawing School for Artisans). During their free time, apprentices should be given the opportunity to learn for example ornamental and freehand drawing and obtain an artistic education. Nine different trades were represented in the first group, amongst them tiled stove makers and silk weavers. The following year the school was handed over to the newly started Svenska Slöjdföreningen (Swedish Association of Handicrafts), today known as Svensk Form).

The first two female students started during the autumn; the misses Sofi Granberg and Matilda Andersson; further female students were officially welcomed the following year.

The school became a national school and the name was changed to the Slöjdskolan i Stockholm (Handicraft School in Stockholm) a few years later.

The school organisation changed and was divided into four departments. The name also changed to Tekniska Skolan (The Technical School). It stayed like this for 66 years.

Konstfack was created with departments for textile, decorative art, sculpture, ceramics, furniture and interior design, metal and advertising and printing. The school obtained official status and had a two-year day school and a three-year arts and craft evening school. To this was added a two-year higher arts and crafts school and a three-year art teacher institute.

The school moved into new premises designed by Gösta Åbergh and Tage Hertzell in Stockholm where the students now had well-equipped workshops. This building is now a listed building.

The school became a college of higher education and in 1993 it changed the name to Konstfack

Konstfack moved into new premises. L M Ericssons old telephone factory in the Stockholm suburb of Hägersten has been refurbished to provide a modern school.