I am so pleased with these blinds for the price. They fit perfectly and therefore seem like a custom fit. By contrast, Pottery Barn, which asks about $150 more for their window treatments, only offers 64" long blinds. My windows are 54". Who needs the 10 extra inches? These extend right down to the bottom sill without the useless, ugly extra blind buildup. The installation was not bad at all - probably took 2 hours in total for two blinds. They don't have the faux wood grain look like some faux wood blinds on the market. They are completely smooth - if that matters to you. Because Overstock did not have the size I wanted in the Snow White, with some hesitation, I went with the Pearl White. It is a slightly creamier white. I painted my trim Benjamin Moore White Dove and it blended almost perfectly with the trim. The valance, which has the design of crown molding, is a nice finishing touch. A great buy.
Honeycomb cells, made of woven polyester, pass through and filter the light a lot more than traditional Japanese paper shades do. Lighten up the room with full of light nicely. Pleasantly bright but nothing annoying. The quality of the product is better than ones we had before. Ones that we had before (different brand) was poorly made, but they were adjustable in length (just cut them to shorten); however, these are in the fixed length. Easy to install with a few to several screws (depends on the length of the product). Two of clear plastic lock down brackets are included so that you could temporarily lock the shades to the window sill or to the wall, depending on where you place them to lock the shade. If you choose to lock the shade by placing the brackets on the wall, the shade would nicely locked without any gap anywhere. However, if you choose to lock it by placing the brackets on the window sill, the shade will be a half an inch higher from the sill. Because these shades are cordless, just use two fingers to pinch a plastic tab (that will be installed at the bottom of the shade) and pull downward to expand or push upward to minimizing their height, very easily. Totally love them. Why 4 stars out of 5? I'd give them 5 stars, but all of these shades come with their top part wide open (i.e., without any sort of covering material so that these will collect dust, a lot of dust, over time). That's the only reason why I gave 4 stars for these great shades. I've been using them in a bedroom more than a month so far and I love them. I have to find a cover for them before they start to collect ton of dust in them.
Honestly, I took a chance with these blinds. You never know if your own measurements are correct or whether you take into account of the header rail in the length or whether or not the manufacturer adds or subtracts an eighth or quarter of an inch here or there. I've owned six condos and two homes in my life and one of the first installations to do is window treatments. I took a chance on these are they were perfect in every way...... Seriously, this is not a canned review. The installation was a piece of cake. Four screws into the inside mount of the window that hold up the brackets. The header rail of the blind just clips right in. I would say the installation was 8 minutes each. These blinds are so clean looking. There are no cords and the plastic tabs are a good idea to install to pull down or up these blinds. All nine of the blinds that I ordered 8 x 34" and 1 x 26" FIT PERFECTLY. It's like they were made for the condo. I am so please with all of them. The condo looks so finished and clean. Bravo.
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