Hall of Fame Foundation receives IFDA grant

HIGH POINT — The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation was awarded an Ina Mae Kaplan Historic Preservation Grant by the International Furnishings and Design Assn. to fund new, archival-grade storage equipment for historical documents, photographs, documentary videos and objects.

It is one of just five grants awarded by the IFDA’s Educational Foundation Board of Trustees.

“This grant is earmarked specifically for the preservation of some 2,000 pieces of rare and irreplaceable memorabilia, including original drawings by Frank Lloyd Wright, sketches from Mary Webb Wood and original sales catalogs from the 19th century,” said Dr. Kyle Hughes, historian for the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame.

“We are prioritizing purchasing equipment and materials that will allow us to preserve, as well as exhibit and study, our industry’s historical collection in our new permanent home,” set to open in 2022.

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How to Grade the Durability of Hardwood Flooring

What’s under your feet (or however you get around) is as important as anything when it comes to home. That’s why this fall, we collaborated with The Home Depot on an A to Z guide that’ll give you the confidence to make flooring choices you’ll love. Check out the A to Z handbook here.

When it comes to hardwood flooring, different styles possess varying levels of durability and sturdiness. Hardwoods (and so-called “softwoods,” which are sometimes used in homes or for outdoor porches) have a vast range of hardness that can profoundly impact their functionality and longevity in your living space. So how do you find out which woods are the hardest? The Janka Scale, of course.

Pronounced “yanka”, the Janka Scale was created by an Austrian-born wood researcher named Gabriel Janka. It assesses a wood’s resistance to wear and denting by measuring the force required to embed a BB-sized steel ball halfway into a sample. The “score” each type of wood receives is then recorded in “pound force” (lbf) on the Janka Scale.

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Rule of thumb: 1,000 or above

The rule of thumb when shopping for hardwood flooring is that a Janka Scale score of 1,000 or