I ordered a sectional, two tables, and some other stuff for my new apartment in December 2019! There were plenty of fabrics available for the sofa, but because I wanted to have my sofa soon, I skipped my favorite option, and Briana helped me to choose a fabric that was supposed to be delivered in mid-February 2020. My wife and I were so excited about it, and she even got the west elm credit card for this and future purchases. The initial delivery time period was February 7 to February 21. About February 14, I noticed that the status of the sectional is still "Custom Build Scheduled," meaning that the building process had not started yet! I called the customer service, and I was told that probably it's only a system update issue, and I should wait until the end of that period. At the end of the initial period, the delivery time was updated and pushed for one whole month!!! I was really shocked and called the customer service again, but I was told that it's beyond their control. I even called the warehouse to see what the problem is, and they did not help me. I think I called more than 20 times and talked to several people, customer service, delivery service, warehouse, and even Briana at Houston store, but no one assisted me properly. Everyone kept saying that it's not under their control, and they will make some calls and return to me, which most of the time didn't happen. The only thing they did was sending the two tables (which I could have a month before if there was no sofa!) that I ordered and were kept for the sectional to be delivered at the same time and waving the shipping cost. The tables were delivered on February 25, but they could have been delivered at least one month earlier if they (people in charge) knew about the delay in building the sectional. I even asked them to cancel my order if they cannot guarantee that it arrives by the new estimated time, but they told me that it is a custom-made order, and I cannot cancel it. Finally, I could contact Carolina, who is a supervisor in customer service. She told me she would investigate the case to find out what is wrong and when my sectional will be delivered. On March 12, she called me and told me that the item will be ready in a week and will be in the delivery center one week after that (March 26). The week after that I called the delivery center, they told me they have the sectional, and they scheduled my item to be delivered on March 31. But a couple of days before that, I received a call from the delivery center saying that the item is still at the distribution center, and they canceled my scheduled appointment. The estimated delivery date also changed for the 4th or 5th time, showing that it will be delivered from April 2 to April 16. I called Carolina again, and she told me that one part of the sectional had arrived, and the second part is in Georgia and will arrive soon. I waited for one more week and contacted the delivery center again; they told me they could schedule an appointment for April 9 because the second part has left Georgia and will arrive at the delivery center soon. However, on April 8, they called me and mentioned that the second part had not arrived yet, but they can deliver one part only. That was my only option, so I accepted it. The second part was delivered on April 16, which was exactly two months after the initial delivery time. During these two months, I contacted people in West Elm about 30 times. Every time I was told that they could not do anything at this moment and I need to wait for the sofa to be delivered for the compensation. They kept saying that the delivery time was estimated and not guaranteed. But this extremely wrong estimation convinced me to purchase my sofa from West Elm, shouldn't they accept their fault? They even didn't notify us by email for most of the delivery delays, and we had to check the status of the item every day! I really expected reasonable compensation that can mitigate the significant inconvenience that I have experienced during these months. I contacted Carolina on April 16, but she didn't answer my call, I contacted her again on April 17 and talked to her for more than an hour. She told me the most she could do is giving me $275 on top of the $237 that was issued before (overall, about 20%). The discount that they gave me already can be found on their website! So, long story short, I ordered a sectional about four months ago, the delivery time was postponed several times, no one helped me about this, I couldn't cancel my order, I had lots of worries and discomfort about this purchase, I cannot like my sofa as I could initially!, and I would have never purchased a sectional from West Elm if I knew about this.
User's recommendation: Don't buy a custom-made item from West Elm, the time estimations are not in accordance with reality!