The stars of NetflixâsÂ Queer EyeÂ make over their subjectsâ lives in the course of one week. But while it makes sense for the heroes to learn a new recipe or overhaul their wardrobes in such a short period of time, fans everywhere have wondered: How on earth is it possible to remodel an entire space in just a few days?
âItâs magic!â interior design guru Bobby Berk tells PEOPLE with a laugh during a conversation about his recent partnership with Lyft in honor of Pride Month.
âNo, Iâm just kidding,â he continues, adding that the Fab Five â thatâs grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness, culture guide Karamo Brown, fashion maven Tan France and food and wine pro Antoni Porowski â really donât meet their subjects until their time together starts, to keep everything as real as possible.
âI get the house on Tuesday afternoon, when we are initially done meeting our heroâ âÂ Queer EyeÂ fans know this as the day that the guys arrives in their truck â âandÂ weâre usually done with him or her around 5. Thatâs when my team gets the house. And we usually [give] it back by about 9 or 10 am on Friday morning.â
Thatâs less than three days for the whole home makeover.
As for how exactly thatâs humanly possible, Berk explains that âthere is, of course, some pre-planning going in.Â I do get measurements of the space, I get measurements of the windows, I send the team in to get an actual floor plan.â
âFor example, in season one, in order to turn Bobby Campâs front sun room into a great space to use, it needed window shades. Thereâs no way to get custom window shades in a day. So there are things like that that pre-planning must go into,â he clarifies. âWe usually start planning about two weeks in advance for stuff like that, but the design of it, I usually donât find out the things I really need to make the design personal until that Tuesday.â
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Remember the episode in season one with Remington, who inherited his grandmotherâs home from the â70s? âI found out that Tuesday that his favorite show was Mad Men, he wanted to have an advertising agency and his dream vacation was Cuba,â Berk says, so, âThatâs how I ended up with a mid-century Cuban design.â
And yes, all of that workÂ doesÂ mean that Berk is putting the finishing touches on the home while the subject is pulling into the driveway to finally see their new space. âIâm literally, like, steaming the last little wrinkle out of the curtain when theyâre pulling up with them,â Berk laughs.
But lest you think that Berk has the hardest job out of the Fab Five, he actually says that his job is simply the most labor-intensive. âJust because my job is the most time-consuming, by no means it is the most important,â he explains.
âJonathan might do a twenty minute haircut â although, his haircuts always take way longer than that. He is a perfectionist when it comes to cutting hair. Itâs so cute how stressed he gets if like, one little hair isnât the right length,â he continues. â[But] I could spend an entire week redoing a massive home, and Jonathan could have way more of an impact on that guyâs self-esteem and self-perception with a haircut than I could with a whole home.â
As for whichÂ Queer EyeÂ guy has the hardest job? Berk maintains that itâs Karamo Brown who has the most difficult journey. âEvery week, he has to reinvent what her does, because his job is really to get at the core of how we can help them emotionally with their self-esteem and their self-care and their love.â
Berk continues, âHe has to, every week after we met our subjects, figure outÂ âWhat am I going to do to help this guy.â Whereas every week I might not know how big the jobâs going to be, but I know Iâm remodeling something. So, Iâm in the game already.â
You can judge that for yourself by checking out both seasons ofÂ Queer Eye, which are available to stream on Netflix.