The shades are good quality, sturdy, and not too hard to put up. It definitely takes two people, and lots of drilled holes. The one thing I didn't like is that the wood is lighter in person than in the picture. The brown string that is woven through to hold the sticks together looks more black, so they really show up against the sticks. But, they still look great so I am keeping them. They were a much lower price than anything else I've seen other places.