P.S. — Happy Golden Girls Day! (Yes, that's a thing.)
Avid watchers of The Golden Girls can agree that the show’s layout was confusing, and the set creators don’t deny it. Production designer Ed Stephenson came up the show’s layout over one weekend and made a model of the three rooms needed for the pilot episode: Blanche’s bedroom, the living room, and the lanai. The set was brought together seamlessly, but everything quickly changed when the script was revised, and it included a kitchen—a room that hadn’t been thought of yet.
Production designers came up with ways to get around this issue but since The Golden Girls' kitchen was added last-minute, it caused a “ripple effect” of other changes, and ultimately, the layout of the house didn’t make sense. “The kitchen created issues no one could ever solve,” assistant art director Michael Hynes said to Jim Colucci in Golden Girls Forever. “We said, ‘Well, when we get through the pilot, we’ll fix it’—and then we never did.”