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.

The difference between value and price: Successful Selling   Full Article
June 2014—Contributing editor Sam Allman discusses the difference between value and price and how it relates to competition from big boxes and discount chains, and he also offers insights into how retailers can navigate through these issues.

A close look at adhesives: Wood Cuts   Full Article
June 2014—Brett Miller, director of certification and education for the NWFA, discusses hardwood flooring adhesives, including water-based, solvent-based and moisture-curing urethanes, as well as VOC emissions and newer environmentally friendly adhesives.

Jessica Maples of Hickok Cole Architects: Design Ovations   Full Article
June 2014—Jessica Maples, senior associate with Hickok Cole, describes her favorite flooring materials, including Porcelanosa tile, Bolon woven vinyl, Desso carpet and Loophouse rugs, in a photo essay.

2014 Annual Report: Carpet, area rugs, hardwood, laminate, resilient and ceramic   Full Article
May 2014—Floor Focus' editorial team, along with analysis and statistics by Market Insights LLC, breaks down the flooring industry's 2013 results. The report includes a statistical overview as well as indepth reports on all six major flooring categories.

The Hospitality Market: Renovation keeps the sector hopping   Full Article
May 2014—Editor Jessica Chevalier reports on the state of the hospitality market, including a report on market activity and the strength of the renovation sector, along with product and design trends and an update on sustainability.

NWFA Expo Review 2014   Full Article
May 2014—Editor Heather Osteen reports on this year's NWFA show, held in Nashville in April. The report includes highlights from PanTim, Somerset, Armstrong, Mannington, Mercier, Somerset, Mullican, Mirage, American OEM and others.

Domotex Asia/ChinaFloor 2014   Full Article
May 2014—Publisher Kemp Harr reviews this year's Domotex Asia/ChinaFloor Show, held in Shanghai at the end of March. The report also includes analysis of conditions in the Chinese market.

Economy, RD Weis, selling online, Trade show insights: Strategic Exchange   Full Article
May 14—Publisher Kemp Harr takes a look at the economy and the state of residential & commercial business, and also discusses the redesign of RD Weis' space, statistics on selling flooring online, and a section on trade shows & what makes them successful.

Dan Frierson, president and CEO of the Dixie Group: Focus on Leadership   Full Article
May 2014—Publisher Kemp Harr interviews Dan Frierson about everything from its recent acquisition of Atlas Mills to strategies that keep it a market leader, as well as what's next for the high end carpet producer.

Lauren Rottet remodels an art deco hotel: Designer Forum   Full Article
May 2014—Lauren Rottet, founder of Rottet Studios, writes about her firm's redesign of a classic Miami hotel. The James Royal Palm, part of Miami's art deco legacy, showcases modern elegance, like custom Liora Manné rugs, agains classic art deco styling.