Article Archives

Floor Focus is a monthly magazine of analysis and education for the floor covering industry's interconnected business sectors: retailers, distributors, contract dealers, manufacturers, architects, designers and commercial end users. While Floor Daily gives you the news, Floor Focus tells you what the news means for your business.

Best Practices - April 2013   Full Article
Contributing editor Sonya Jennings profiles O'Krent's Abbey Flooring Center in San Antonio, Texas. The 98-year-old business focuses on community involvement in order to weave itself into the fabric of the San Antonio culture.

Surfaces Highlights 2013 - March 2013   Full Article
The Floor Focus editorial team reviews new products at this year's Surfaces show in Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay from all of the leading flooring manufacturers, and also distills the key flooring trends for 2013.

Healthcare: Senior Living - March 2013   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier reports on the state of the senior living market, including a focus on the challenges of senior living design and role of flooring in providing solutions, and also takes a look at the Idea House by Atlanta's THW Design.

Hardwood Report 2013 - March 2013   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier takes a look at the state of the hardwood flooring market, including pricing issues, style developments and manufacturer highlights, and with a special focus on capacity.

Carpet Fiber Update - March 2013   Full Article
Editor Darius Helm discusses developments in the face fiber business. The article features pricing updates, developments in ultra-soft fibers, a discussion about polyester fiber, and a section on highlights from leading fiber producers.

Fiber Focus: Universal Fibers - March 2013   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Bill Goodman, vice president of sales and marketing for Universal, covering everything from nylon 6,6 attributes and comparisons of different fiber types to an update on Universal Fibers and its long-term strategies.

Strategic Exchange - March 2013   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr discusses the government's sequester, and also looks at rises in both wholesale flooring prices and store traffic, along with retail strategy. Harr also introduces Floor Focus' new interactive features.

Designer Forum - March 2013   Full Article
Tami Bopp, director of interiors at Hahnfeld Hoffer Stanford, writes about the design of the Worldwide Training Center for Brink's, the secutity company, and how a balance of transparency and securitity led to the design solution.

Best Practices - March 2013   Full Article
Contributing editor Sonya Jennings profiles Bob's Carpet Mart, a Florida retailer with 15 stores, and discusses the firm's revenue increasing initiatives, which are helping it compete against the big boxes.

Design Ovations - March 2013   Full Article
Brook Prince, senior interior designer at JPC Architects, offers her design picks, including hardwoods both natural (LV Wood) and vividly painted (Model), along with carpet tile for tonal texturing, like Shaw Contract's Unearthed.