I bought these based on the reviews for the black out feature and they hold up to my expectations. They were put in our toddler's room which has a window facing east and a window facing north so the room gets direct sunlight but the shades do their job and keep the room very dark. They, of course, have light seeping in around the sides which we use curtains to minimize.
For the sizing, my windows (inside) measured exactly 31" & 35" (we bought two) and these blinds fit inside fine with about 1/4--1/8" allowance (hence the light seeping in). I didn't measure the blind itself, but I wouldn't order a size larger unless you were mounting them on the outside of the window frame. I wish they offered shorter lengths though.
As far as other reviews of issues rolling them up, it's not the easiest or best setup, but we don't roll them up that often so for us, that doesn't affect my rating too much. However, I do feel the need to mention this. It uses a wand that you have to twist to bring the shade up. It's is a slow process and if the wand isn't held tightly, the shades will automatically unfurl. That's why they include an extra piece that has to be mounted to hold the wand in place and keep it from twisting and unwinding the shades. The 31 inch winds up fine, leaves about a foot or so hanging down as designed. However, the 35 inch doesn't seem like it was designed or put together just right and only rolls up about half way and because they are so long that leaves the entire window still covered. A little weird, but we just flip the shade over the curtain rod if we want to uncover that window. I would return it, but it seems to be more of a design flaw that I think any shade would have and besides, I really don't want to take it all back down and put another up.
I can't comment on the installation, my husband did it all, but he didn't have any complaints so it must not have been too bad.
If it wasn't for the rolling up issue with the 35 inch, I would give it 5 stars.
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