These blinds were pretty easy to install without the instructions and definitely eye catching. They are made of a quality wood with a durable finish. The pull strings for the up/down functionality are quite sturdy. I installed mine on the inside of the window and found they really look best mounted this way. I didn't use the crown-type molding which also is included. My only complaint was one blind was slightly raised and probably defective, after much pulling it just didn't seem to hang like the rest. Overall though I find that with the cost savings and look, I am pleased. It's exactly what I wanted and comparable with previously in store purchases I made. Don't hesitate to order these.