Of magic, elves and wooden blinds

I like to imagine that wood blinds are made by magical elves that live in an enchanted forest and do nothing but craft the finest wood blinds known to man.

Why? Because wood blinds are kind of magical themselves.

First of all, they look great – nothing compares to the natural grain of a real wood blind. Plus, the elves offer a dazzling selection of stains that really show off wood’s natural beauty. Such thoughtful little elves.

Wood blinds also control light really well, which, when you think about it, is important in a blind. Close them for privacy, open them for light or get really crazy and leave them halfway up to block harsh light and glare. Elves appreciate the flexibility.

Speaking of flexibility, it’s been said that wood blinds will warp in a hot window, which isn’t actually true if the wood is good quality hardwood and cured correctly. We have manufacturers – er, I mean elves – that harvest from North American woodlots and control the process from start to finish, creating a blind that will stand up to the hottest elven flame. Or the sun.

The environmentally friendly streak in you will appreciate the fact that wood is a sustainable resource. We even have one manufacturer that uses “Phoenix” wood, which regenerates from the stump of a previously harvested tree and is ready for re-harvesting in just six to eight years. Elves harvest trees; elves plant trees; elves hug trees.

If you haven’t already thrown down this paper and ran out to pick up some wood blinds, here’s the kicker: wood blinds won’t break the bank. Though they were once a high-end product, today’s wood blinds are actually quite affordable. Because elves like good value.

So beautify your windows, protect the environment and support the magical elves union 101– put some wood on your windows.

Stuart Tunheim is the owner of Budget Blinds, serving Nanaimo to Port Hardy. His team brings the showroom to your home – learn more at email

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