I was looking for something to replace my hated mini-blinds in my master bed room that wouldn't send me to the poor house. I came across these during my search and loved the cordless factor (I have toddlers) and decided to give them a try. I love them. They were easy to put up and looked good enough to leave with curtains. So far, they have stood up beautifully to both my boys playing "up/down" with them and my 3 cats trying to look out the windows. I plan to replace the rest of the blinds in my house with these.