I could not be more pleased with these shades. I ordered three for a bedroom in my house that gets flooded with light from an outside street light (city livin'!) Once out of the packaging. I had all three shades installed in less than ten minutes. I have seen comments from other customers for this item regarding lack of satisfaction with the blackout factor, the width, and lack of directions. From my experience, the blackout feature works 100%.. Like I said, I have a very bright street light bout 15 feet from my windows - once the shades were in, the room was pitch black! As far as the width - yes, they are true to size. NO they don't assume a 1/8" gap for you - you have to do that math yourself. If your width is 36", get the 35.5" It's as simple as that. The shade only needs to covers the glass area to work. The shade doesn't need to go tight to the edges of the window trim. Lastly, directions were provided, but I didn't use them, so I cannot speak to their usefulness. If you are not a typical DIYer, you may be befuddled by the directions, but the install is really straight forward.
Our bedroom is on a hill facing the sunrise so not only is the room unbearably hot when the sun comes up, but it feels like someone is holding a flashlight up to your closed eyelids around 6am every day. These blackout shades have changed everything - I can't believe I waited an entire sleepless year to get them. We've never slept better and I can feel how much heat they're keeping out when I put my hand on the other side.
These were easy to install. The operate with an easy pull down, and push to retract. They are a great value as they were the perfect size and truly block the sun and heat in the mid afternoon. They are unobtrusive, and out of our ocean view when not needed. I love that there are no chords, and am hoping they will last a long time.
Very happy with this purchase. I had tried ordering custom cell shades from 2 other companies and had to pay over $$$ each. Both companies sent defective products which were also poorly made. This shade is reasonably priced, fits better (and can be adjusted to fit more easily) operates well, and is installed more securely. It is all around a better experience, for a better price to boot. Thanks, Overstock!
I used a pair of these in my bedroom. They fit perfectly for an inside mount. The white has sort of foil type lining, but that's what makes them work so well. I ended up putting a pair of curtains over them just to keep the light out that comes in around the sides. They have held up well, and I'm planning to get more for the guest room. Good buy.