Rated 4.4 out of 5Â by 18
Rated 5 out of 5Â by sillymommy Still hanging in there after over a year!
We moved into a big, old house with no window treatments last year. We couldn't afford proper blinds, so we bought a bunch of these to tide us over until we could buy real window coverings. We have the white ones in the living areas, the grey ones in our bedroom and the kids' bedroom, and the black ones in the baby's room.
Installation: They are very easy to install. Clean the window frame, trim the shades to size (I used a utility knife and a ruler - it usually just took 3-4 cuts to get through the whole shade), peel and stick. I only had two fall down, of the eleven I installed, and those were the ones where I forgot to clean the surface before installing them. I cleaned it and stuck them back up, and they stayed fine. One of the re-stuck ones fell down a second time on an especially humid summer day.
Privacy and light filtering: They do the job. The white ones are completely opaque, and you can't see inside when they are closed. They block more light than I thought they would, and I found myself still wanting to open them to let the sunshine in every day. The grey ones make the room dark enough for the kids to nap or go to bed before sunset, but let enough light in to tell the difference between day and night. The black ones aren't true blackout shades, but what can you expect from paper? You can see the hand in front of your face, and once your eyes adjust to the darkness, you can see across the room without any trouble. But they do a more than decent job for the price.
Removal: This was one of the only drawbacks. They all ripped a big strip of paint off when we took them down, no matter how careful we were. But I didn't take away any stars for this because our house is old, and sometimes the paint comes off just because you looked at it funny.
Daily use: It was a little bit annoying to have to re-fold the accordion fold every morning to open the blinds, and my kids were constantly removing (and losing) the clips (FYI: clothespins work in a pinch). If you have toddlers, they will likely be fascinated by the big, crinkly paper things as soon as they are tall enough to reach them, which will definitely reduce their longevity (toddler-induced damage was what finally did our living room ones in). The bedroom ones are less tempting, so they are all still doing fine.
Bonus: Bored of the look of straight shades? Lost half your clips? Just clip the middle instead of the edges, and you have fancy circle shades!
May 26, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by TurnNorth Surprisingly Awesome
Because my husband and I recently painted our bedroom, our existing window coverings no longer worked. I bought these paper shades to hang while new curtains are on order and could NOT be happier with them. It literally took me three minutes per window to measure, cut, and hang these. The plastic clips that come with make it super easy to adjust the length of the shades. They are paper and I can't speak to their durability (because I've only had them up for four days), but they look really sharp. I've told everyone I know about how great these are, lol.
May 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Trish Awesome Product
Awesome product for the price. Easy to hang (do not stick to wood surface it will take the paint off) and looked great. Would buy again.
October 3, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5Â by MaddyM Perfect simple solution
Just moving in to a new apartment I needed a quick window covering while I moved in so I could leave curtains and blinds until all my furniture and painting is situated.
These are a great value took just a few minutes to put up 4. They let enough light in but offer complete privacy.
April 29, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by bookery Works as a temporary shade
Good for when you are awaiting the installation of blinds or other window coverings. Works okay for awhile. May pull paint off where adhered.
October 21, 2014