These room darkening, off-white mini blinds were better quality than I expected for the cost.
We moved into a manufactured home in Florida, and had windows to cover, especially in our office where it was important to control the huge amount of sunlight we were getting from 9 large windows and 3 celestory windows, around three walls of our office space. We couldn't see our computer screens from all the sunlight. We first experimented with the white Mainstays room darkening mini blinds, buying three at the local Walmart brick and mortar store to make sure they were at least functional and put them on the upper celestory windows.
They worked well, so we took the plunge and bought the 9 off white blinds (I didn't realize until after purchasing the store bought blinds that online blinds are off-white, they don't sell simply white online, and there weren't enough white blinds in the store to cover all our windows.) The difference between off-white and white is minimal, can hardly tell. The off-white does have a limited soft and subdued pinkish, peachy glow when sunlight is coming directly through them that I actually like.
As far as room darkening capabilities, our office is not dark in the daytime with them all closed, the light was cut by half I would say, but it did filter out that direct piercing glare on our computer screens so we were happy. From reading the reviews I learned that more light can be cut by turning the slat controlling rod in the other direction, with slats turned all the way upward and closed, less light peeps in through the slats. A minimal amount of light does come through between the slats when the blind is closed with slats facing downward. Our main concern was being able to control the sunlight coming through, and we are able to do that to a pretty good degree.
The office by day has a friendly look now when all the blinds are closed tight, there is still light in here, no need to turn on a lamp. But I doubt seriously that even expensive room darkening blinds would cut any more light because of the number and size of our windows. Probably black out curtains would be the only thing that would make it any darker in here which we chose not to do because there are times we like to see our view of trees and water, and the mini blinds allow for that without much difficulty, just turning the rod.
As for how long they will last, we've only had them up a week so can't say. We don't raise and lower them a lot on purpose, just use the slat turning rod, as we want to keep their wear and tear to a minimum as, after all, they were the most inexpensive blinds on the market.
Delivery was no problem, the boxes they were boxed in were almost the exact same size as the blinds them selves, no excess packaging.
My husband had no problem putting them all up by himself, did so over a three day period, four each day. The first blind he said was the most difficult to install, but once he learned how, it was easy for the remaining blinds.
So far no problems with any of the blinds. We do recommend them. And for us, they are a darn sight better than the alternative we were using, which was cardboard!
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