Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 25
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Edwardcullen Perfect for 5 bucks and 5 mins labor
Greatvalue. Can'tgowrongwith. Nottosayotherthan that.
August 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by TMCdrums Finally...something that works, is affordable AND visually appealing!
These have been a life changer! I have been doing shift work for over 12 years and I have never found an affordable, effective, yet visually pleasing and convenient option to darken my room for daytime sleep. I've used roller shades, mini-blinds, curtains, room darkening curtain panels, cardboard, blankets, you name it. I've found that the most effective method to block light (cardboard and blankets) is the most hideous to look at. The more visually pleasing options (blinds, shades) inevitably allow glaring rays of light in that always seem to find my face. The past few years, I’ve let the visually pleasing factor outweigh the effectiveness factor, but I finally got tired of it. So, I went on the search for a solution and came across these shades on several different sites.
These shades are paper and marketed as being “temporary”. They are essentially a really long piece of pleated, thick, black construction paper with a tape strip on the top that is used to affix it to your window frame. There is no roller or pull cord mechanism, as they are simply folded up/down to the desired level and then held in place by two black clips (they are included and are much like chip-clips). You install them by simply measuring your window opening and cutting the shade with a razor-edge blade, such as a box cutter. The shade is pliable enough I just held it up into to the opening, bending the excess portion of the shade outward, and then marked my cut with a white crayon. I used a straight edge to hold my place, and then with several swipes of the blade, they were cut to size. Remove the strip that covers the adhesive and then you’re ready to stick it in place. I attached mine to the metal portion of the inside of the window pane. I removed my blinds, however that wasn’t necessary. These shades would have fit just fine behind them. It took a total of 20 minutes to cut and install 3 shades.
Now, I will say that part of the reason these work so well for me is due to my color schemes. My bedroom is full of gray, purple and black. So the black shades showing act as an accent to all of that. Had it not been, I would have probably left my blinds up, so the shades wouldn’t be visible from the inside. The exterior of my house has gray siding with black shutters, so from the outside it looks like I have black roman shades that go with my exterior colors as well.
With regard to the light blocking ability, I have to say I’m impressed. I have one single window on one wall and a double window on another wall. There isn’t a glimmer of light visible through my single window. There is a slight amount of light getting through in the middle portion of my double window, however I do have curtains and when they’re closed; they seem to trap most of the residual light.
I can’t speak of the longevity of the shade just yet, but I’ll post an update if needed. However, for the job these do and the price (about $6 each), I wouldn’t even mind if I had to reinforce the tape or replace them every once in a while.
See the attached photos for further details. These photos were taken minutes apart, during a sunny St. Louis afternoon around 4pm. I had no lights on in the home and no flash on the camera.
August 2, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Dominic Doesn't stick to the Wall
The shades are great in that they completely darken the room. Unfortunately, they didn't stick to the frame of my window and fell down in one day. I suppose I could've used packing tape to secure it. The adhesive didn't work.
Also, I ordered online and picked it up from the Home Depot store and was disappointed when I got home to realize that two of the clips were missing. The package had torn and the two clips fell out. That wasn't a big deal, because those clips can be easily replaced by binder clips. The only problem is that they don't go up easily. It takes an effort to put them back up to allow light in.
June 23, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by michiganmom Total Darkness!
These work like a charm. They're wider than my window so just trimmed off the excess with scissors and voila they stick to the top of the window frame. For added adherence I used black thumbtacks just in case. They block out the light completely and they're stylish too! Only gave them a "Good" on quality because they are paper after all and with time and daily use I'm sure they'll loose their crispness, but they're a great value for the money.
December 7, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by phoog Does. Not. Stick.
An utter waste of money. It worked great for one day, then fell down. I only wanted them for two weeks, but even two days was asking too much.
December 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by LoveMyNewHome LOVE these shades!!!!! Highly recommend!!
We just moved into a new house that did not have ANY blinds. I didn't want to buy cheap plastic "mini blinds" but will have to save up for nice ones. Only problem is that my husband NEEDS to have our bedroom BLACK AS NIGHT and I had to find something for the meantime... when I stumbled upon these "temporary blackout shades" and for about $6 per window, figured I would give them a try... THEY ARE FANTASTIC!!! They were so easy to cut to size and install. They block out nearly all light!!! I went ahead and purchased "blackout curtains" as well and now absolutely nothing penetrates our windows. I leave the shades down and curtains closed at all times so I don't bother with the clips that they came with. I am so happy with this purchase that I am going to buy some for our daughter's room too! They say these are "temporary" but they are so nice I am not in any rush to buy "real blinds". Highly recommend!!!
August 28, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by PhoebetheCheapChick Easy to install and sleek look.
This shade looks awesome on my window. It's peel and stick installation was super easy. The only tool I needed was a utility knife to cut it to size. All in all it took less than 5 minutes to install. It blocks out the light pretty good. I wish that it came in more colors/patterns so I could install them in other rooms. Right now they only come in white or black. It uses clips instead of a cord which is kind of nice. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I thought it was a bit pricy considering it's pvc counterparts and that it is essentially a big piece of fan folded paper. Had it been a couple bucks cheaper I would have been completely content.
September 25, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Momo26 Perfect!
You want a dark bedroom to have some rest ? You want a cheap solution ?
Instead of cutting a piece of moving box, just buy this wonderful product! It's so cheap but working so perfectly! And it's not ugly as a moving box. It's very clean and beautiful!
I'm very happy about this product! I bought it thanks to the good reviews and it was not a mistake at all! I'm very impressed. I bought two of them because my window does not have a standard size so I needed to cut them with scissors. Now I have a full dark bedroom!
July 22, 2014