ORLAND PARK, ILLINOIS -- I ordered and paid for one of the most top quality woven blinds Penney's has to offer at $280 per window. I measured precisely and noted the sales representative wrote the measurements down correctly. I chose not to have the ends bound, and saw that it was stated in the order.
I received the blinds at my house as expected, but the room was being rehabbed and was not ready for them. When I did finally put them up, I saw that the company had measured and cut the blinds as if I had ordered the side binding, causing them to be almost an inch short on each side. One of the pull handles was screwed in off-center, causing the blind to skew when pulled down. I redrilled a proper hole and moved the pull handle. I used a same color $5 burlap ribbon to bind each edge and they turned out nicely. I will never order from Penney's again.
MELBOURNE, FLORIDA -- My order arrived at my home in an extremely large box that was damaged. The drapery was attached using screws and washers and inserted in a plastic bag. Custom drapery should not arrived damaged, dirty and have dead bugs stuck on fabric. The worst of it all, the drapes were put together with Staples, fabric was torn in many (8) places, stained in three places, dead bugs stuck on back of header, uneven, poorest craftsmanship I've ever seen. I could have made the drapes at home and saved $1,700.00! JCPenney Custom Drapery is not what they was were back in 2005. DO NOT RECOMMEND THEM!
AUSTIN, TEXAS -- I ordered drapes from JCP at the end of July 2018. I was told they would be in within 5 to 7 weeks. After no contact from the consultant, I decided to call on the 8th week. I was told after my original 7 weeks that the drapes were on backorder and there were no drapes being made. Finally the drapes arrived and was installed in December 2018. Approximately 5 months and not 7 weeks. When the drapes were installed they were so wrinkled that the installer had to come back out 2 weeks later to steam them. When he steamed them it made it worse. I called JCP and told them that the drapes looked horrible. So they determined that the fabric was defective. At this point I am furious!
So I had to start all over and pick out another fabric. Still trying to give JCP the benefit of the doubt. Boy was I wrong. I was assigned a new consultant and she informed me that she took this fabric out of her kit because she had trouble with it being wrinkled. Why was I not told about this when I ordered it? Again I was told my fabric would be in now within 10 weeks. I called for an update and of course they are on backorder again! Still no fabric! I am waiting the 10 weeks and if there is no fabric, I want a FULL refund!!! Not to mention that I have been paying interest on these drapes since August!!! I HAVE HAD ENOUGH!!!
BRADENTON, FLORIDA -- I'm upset with both the product and installation. The amount of time to get new window treatments made was 12 weeks then they weren't manufactured correctly and 3 had to be remade which took another 8 weeks. Then re-installation was shoddy and had to have decorator back out and she had 5 remade saying they weren't made correct and again had to wait manufacturing time then took another week to get install appointment and then not kept as scheduled at 2 pm — and at 3:30 he called to say it would be 4:15. It is 3/14 - it's been 6 months of back and forth nightmare and I am very dissatisfied and they demand their money no matter what.
VERNON HILLS, ILLINOIS -- This all started in October 2016. It is now February 2018 and I have come to the conclusion that JC Penney's custom department just cannot make pinch pleats, I thought the 1st set was bad but now they remade the same drapes and the second pair are worse than the 1st pair. I don't want to count how many times the installer has been to my house to steam the drapes before the decision was made to reorder them.
I orders vertical blinds also that have to be taken down and reordered in a different fabric because the 1st set of blind just moved if you walked by and they didn't close completely. I ordered cornices above each window and that is the only part of the order that is satisfactory. At this point the only thing JC Penney can do for me is to refund my money so I can call on a professional for pinch pleated drapery.
ST PETERS, MISSOURI -- The managers here are kids who should realize they are up against online behemoths and have the edge on them by being able to have face to face customer service, but instead they screw up at every chance they have to make it right.
Mother bought custom vertical blinds/drapes mid-September. Used the coupon discount tactic to hurry the close. She paid extra to have them come out to measure to ensure they would be done right. Took WEEKS to get the guy to come out - and communication between J.C. Penney and the measurement company is not there. Finally came out and measured - then gave measurements to mom - and SHE had to take them into the store... Why they don't communicate directly - I have no idea.
Drapes finally came in - big box drop shipped to her house. Had to wait WEEKS with this giant box in the living room before the installer could come out. Again, NO COORDINATION between Penney and the installer re: expected delivery date. Finally comes out and the measurements are wrong - starting over. Paid extra for measurement and installation, both of which have not happened. Was originally promised before Thanksgiving - if we are lucky it will be before Valentine's day.
OCALA, FLORIDA -- Promised 8 weeks, 6 months later still not done. Poor communication with decorator with dated taste, no app to know what you are receiving. Also after signing contract, now they want to charge more money to complete the job. After putting holes in my custom faux walls they threaten to jerk everything down if I did not pay for an unfinished and very poor job.
Paid $960 for a table and buffet runners that were like saggy skin, thin and wrinkled material (saggy). Now they are trying to get more money from me to complete the window in our original contract. DO NOT USE JC PENNEY'S CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENT, use someone else or buy material to have them made. Anything is an improvement over them. THEY ARE THE WORST!!!
ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- For my bedroom with 3 window panels they wanted $2,000 for a curtain installation. Not to mention I have a little bitty kitchen window I wanted a Valance curtain & they wanted $800 to install one piece of curtain. They must be out their mind.
RIDGELAND, MISSISSIPPI -- My decorator was fabulous. She explained everything in detail. Despite having a back order on my fabric I am very pleased with the draperies that I purchased. The only issue that I had was with the installer. He seemed more concerned with talking than working. Thankfully the Decorator was there to direct the installation service. Overall I had a wonderful experience!
J C Penny used to make very good custom and non-custom drapes. They would come to your house do all the measurements, then come back and install the hardware and drapes. I had them come out and do this, although it had been 15-18 years since I dealt with the service. It came out to be roughly $1,500 per drapes/Window for a large picture window (size of wall) and a drapes for the sliding glass door.
If you tripped on the sum, yes, $1,500 per 'window' so I paid roughly $3000 to cover the sliding glass door and the picture window. Now I get the custom made pleaded drapes with a sliding mechanical pulley on a 'mechanical' rod. They actually consisted of heavy drapes over sheers. You can pull the drapes open to expose the sheers or close both to both all light (always like this... expensive hotel usually have them this way).
Anyway, I had JC Penny, Costco and Empire come out for quotes and JC Penny seemed to have a better selection of fabric. I went with J C Penny. After waiting 2 month for the 'custom' drapes I called and they said that these were being specially made in CHINA!!! And I had to wait another month beyond the two! So if you get custom drapes figure in about 2-3 months for them to be made in CHINA.
The guy that installed them was very nice and attentive. He spent HOURS with a steam iron getting them right. I was a bit disturbed that the curtain rods were cheap thin metal that expanded to the size you wanted (remember I paid $1,500 per window). As you pull on the pulley to open or close the drapes the rings will get caught on the 'seam' of the expandable curtain rod. I called about the sticking on the drapes and the 'manager' I talked to said that was normal. I said the old drapes had not done this and he said it was ALL DIFFERENT NOW (with "China and all").
ALSO, I see why the installer spent so much time pressing the drapes. Each one is made of about 3-4 'panels' that are cheaply sew together and they are kind of puckered. The drapes don't sit at all pleated after about a month. Now, they 'bow' out at every seam of each panel. Now, remember I paid over 3 THOUSAND dollars for TWO Window TREATMENTS! I'm sure you can guess what the manager said when I complaint about the panels not staying with the pleats.
Just a thought, consider some other vendors. Perhaps this is a new era when you spend three thousand dollar and you get average drapes that pucker. I'm not sold on everything being made outside the country and people just telling me this is the new "normal" for quality.