About Beth Hodges

Beth Hodges is the owner of Soft Furnishings, a retail/wholesale workroom located in Elberton, Georgia. She operated Soft Furnishings for the first eight years as a one-person retail workroom. Now in business for over twenty years, Soft Furnishings has expanded to employ as many as seven people and provides wholesale workroom services to higher end designers both locally and around the country.

As a well-known installation expert, Beth was employed by Cheryl Strickland to develop the first installation classes for her school in 1993 and continued as the senior installation instructor at the Custom Home Furnishings Academy until 2009. She has been a popular presenter of seminars and classes for many workroom and design associations across the country covering workroom construction and installation to customer service and communication. Her speaking career began at the second Workroom Retreat produced by Cheryl Strickland, and she has taught at major shows including the International Window Coverings Expo, Design and Workroom Conference, and Window Coverings Weekend Academies every year to the present.

Hodges has been a strong supporter of The Window Coverings Association of America since she first entered into business. She joined the Board of Directors in 1994 and moved on to be the treasurer, vice-president, and a two term president. She still serves as a member of the board as a past president and is also the chairman of the Guidelines Committee in charge of updating and renewing the industry Workroom Industry Guidelines, a project that she assisted in initiating in the early 1990s. She was honored by the Elbert County Chamber of Commerce as the Entrepreneur of the year in 2005, and again as Entrepreneur of the Month in 2008.

Hodges has written innumerable articles for trade magazines and her work has been featured in New Jersey Design, Southern Living, Draperies and Window Coverings, Sew What, and Window Fashions Magazine, Northeast Georgia Magazine, Athens Magazine. Her certifications include Certified Workroom Professional, Certified Window Treatment Consultant, and Certified Window Coverings Professional, Master, and she continues to expand her education daily as she operates her business.