Recent Articles

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.

Carpeteria—Lancaster and Santa Clarita, California: Best Practices - Jan 2016   Full Article
Editor Jessica Chevalier profiles two Carpeteria locations run by Jack van Boheemen and Barry and Larry White, where a focus on customer service and a close relationship to the community have helped the business grow and thrive.

The What Matters Most paradox: People Power - Jan 2016   Full Article
Contributing editor Sam Allman writes about the paradox between wanting to serve humanity and take care of others and needing to take care of oneself first, delving into key principles—rest, fuel, physical and mental awareness—for self sustainment.

Making a profit with change orders: Contractor's Corner - Jan 2016   Full Article
Contributing editor Dave Stafford provides invaluable insights into how to manage change orders in commercial projects, including how to sidestep problems and ensure profitability.

Specifying wood floors for commercial spaces: Wood Cuts - Jan 2016   Full Article
Contributing editor Brett Miller with the National Wood Flooring Association discusses the requirements of commercial installations and the attributes that help hardwood flooring find a place in the commercial market.

Design Ovations: Paul Lewandowski - Jan 2016   Full Article
Paul Lewandowski weighs in on his current favorite flooring, including LVT like Tandus Centiva's Substrate, large scale carpet patterns like Patcraft's Bohemian from the Life and Style collection, and hybrid flooring like J+J Flooring's Kinetex tile.

Contract Dealer Survey 2015: What They Really Think - Dec 2015   Full Article
Executive editor Darius Helm analyzes the results of Floor Focus' biennial survey of the nation's contract dealers, covering topics including sales, growth, product trends, top problems, wish lists and favorite flooring manufacturers.

Area Rug Report: Suppliers evolve to meet consumers' changing needs - Dec 2015   Full Article
Senior editor Calista Sprague offers a detailed report on the rug business, covering shifts in size and price, trends, face fiber use and digital rug sales, as well as updates from key suppliers, including Mohawk, Oriental Weavers, Dixie and others.

Boutique Design New York - Dec 2015   Full Article
Contributing editor Ruth Simon McRae reviews this year's BDNY hospitality show, which took place in New York's Jacob Javits Center in early November, reporting on manufacturers including Shaw, Crossville, Interface, OW Hospitality and many more.

The International Surface Event 2016 - Dec 2015   Full Article
Senior editor Calista Sprague presents an overview of the TISE show in Las Vegas, focusing on education opportunities, major events and concurrent shows, including the NAHB building show, the KBIS kitchen and bath show and the IWCE window expo.

Construction spending, Starnet, FEI, Bridgeway meetings: Strategic Exchange - Dec 2015   Full Article
Publisher Kemp Harr discusses the Dodge 2016 Construction Outlook, and also reports on member meetings for Starnet, FEI Group and Bridgeway Interactive, and he points out the common topic to all these meetings: labor decisions.