I bought 4 of theses shades, 3 in one size, and one larger one. They were fairly easy to install with a drill. It looks like you could easily shorten these with some scissors and a glue gun, just do it before you hang it. Each had a slight striping variation (some stripes are more pronounced), which is more noticeable at night. This did not bother me. Overall the look is more clean/contemporary. These are not for privacy - I knew from other reviews. I did a living room remodel and these were perfect, great price too. I ordered these 1 inch smaller than the widow size which worked out fine since no half sizes are for sale.