Do They (Nominees) Get To Keep the Furniture on Queer Eye?

Natalia Romanova

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Do They (Nominees) Get To Keep the Furniture on Queer Eye?

Yes, they (nominees) get to keep all the furniture on Queer Eye. They are not allowed to pay for any of the furniture or apparel featured in the show. 

Season Seven of Queer Eye has a lot of dramatic alterations in store for New Orleans. The trailer for the new season, which aired on Netflix on May 12, reveals a new group of heroes to cheer for, as the Fab Five helps them make positive changes in their life. This season, Jonathan Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Antoni Porowski, and Tan France venture into uncharted territory by taking on a full frat house.

While the show is entertaining to watch, many fans have been inquisitive about where all the new items come from and how it is paid for. A nominee’s home is frequently given a complete interior design makeover in the course of one episode. People know that furniture adds cost – from dressers and armoires to draperies and nightstands – and with many of the nominees short on finances, the redesign appears to be a bit extravagant.

As a result, many viewers are curious to know did the nominees pay all the expenses and wonder do they get to keep the furniture. Well, let’s find out.

Previously, we discussed Maryam Henderson-Uloho, Lambda Chi AlphaJemell M. Nelson, and Jenni Seckel.

Queer Eye: Yes, They (Nominees) From Get to Keep All the Furniture & Other Stuff!

When the subject of who pays for the Queer Eye makeovers arose, many were concerned that the nominees’ furnishings and clothing were loaned for the program and then returned after filming. However, Distractify reports that they get to keep the furnishings and do not have to pay for them. That’s a comfort, considering the folks on the show are frequently in financial difficulty.

But just because they’re paying for the furniture, makeovers, and clothing the heroes get to wear doesn’t mean the Fab Five are throwing all caution to the wind. One Reddit user commented, “I appreciate that … they tried to find clothing and food that was within the ordinary budget of the household”. But the real question is who is responsible for paying and taking care of the product positioning?

They (nominees) get to keep furniture and other stuff on  Queer Eye.They (nominees) get to keep furniture and other stuff on Queer Eye.
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According to sources, people have reported noticing slight product placement during the event. A disclaimer displays in the left-hand corner of each episode, explaining that the show contains product placement. According to several enthusiasts, IKEA is clearly responsible for a lot of this product placement.

Previous IKEA employees have even commented that most of the furniture appears to be from IKEA. So, if the show is paying for the furniture, it’s not an extravagant sum (as we all know, IKEA isn’t Restoration Hardware). According to Strategic Management Insight, IKEA’s purpose statement is as follows:

At IKEA our vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them.

While the Queer Eye nominees may not have paid for the furnishings and apparel they received on the show, many are left wondering how they are meant to maintain their newfound fashion instincts and interior design aesthetics afterward. Because many of the nominees are cash-strapped, the expectation appears to be unmanageable.

The Fab Five in Queer Eye.The Fab Five from Queer Eye.
Image Source: Architectural Digest

Fortunately, the showrunners tend to buy from stores within the candidates’ budgets, ensuring that the nominees may pass on the skills they have learned. If the nominees merely received a few new outfits and a new dresser, the show would be quite useless. What would happen if they wanted hangers to match the dresser, or shoes to go with the new slacks?

While it’s simple to conclude that product placement plays a significant role, implying that the majority of the furniture is from IKEA, the conclusions are still speculative (even if supported by former IKEA employees).

What does this signify for everyone searching for answers? For the time being, assume IKEA and wait to see if the individuals behind Queer Eye ever provide further information. As the show continues and viewers continue to bug the creators, an official response is likely to be revealed; nevertheless, the creators are likely trying to preserve the magic of the show.