Piped water may be one of the greatest conveniences men have come up with but there's still plenty of terrible bathroom designs. Don't get me wrong, we at Bored Panda love creativity, but putting a bunk bed over a tub isn't thinking outside the box. Heck, I wouldn't even call it thinking. As a testament to our stupidity, we have compiled a list of some of the worst bathtub and shower designs, and they're as hilarious as they're impractical.

For more crappy designs, check out our earlier Bored Panda lists full of funny photos here, here, and here.

#1

I Feel The Need To Tell The World Regular Faucets Are Ok

I Feel The Need To Tell The World Regular Faucets Are Ok

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Foxxy
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10 months ago

Not just okay, but preffered.

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We as a society had to go through a lot of epic fails before we created today's bathroom. For centuries, people in big cities got their cooking and washing water from rivers or wells, limiting their consumption to pretty much what they could carry. They dumped their waste into brick-lined cesspits that would be emptied by the night soil men, who sometimes sold it as fertilizer. Liquid waste, on the other hand, would get thrown into gutters in the middle of the road.

#2

There’s No Hope For Humanity. I Know That Now

There’s No Hope For Humanity. I Know That Now

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Bonnie Blue Bird
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10 months ago

BAHAHAHA ... OMG, the WALLS!!

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The Guardian pointed out that in 1854, in the middle of a cholera epidemic in London, Dr John Snow (not to be confused with Jon Snow) mapped where victims died and found that the deaths seemed concentrated around one of those pumps, at 37 Broad Street. Interestingly, when he had the handle removed from the pump, the cholera epidemic stopped immediately. Thus, the first verifiable connection between human waste and disease was made.

#3

Electric Showers For Everyone!

Electric Showers For Everyone!

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Hans
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10 months ago

This is so illegal that it is hillarious again.

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After people realized that excrement + drinking water = death, parliament passed the Metropolitan Water Act to “make provision for securing the supply to the metropolis of pure and wholesome water”. As a result, pipes delivering water directly to homes started replacing public pumps.

#4

Attached Bath And Bedroom

Attached Bath And Bedroom

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Peta_C
Community Member
10 months ago

This just makes my heart ache for the family that did this to get by. This looks like necessity, not design flaw.

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The next trivial addition to this convenience was the toilet. Believe it or not, the invention had been around for a while. However, it was pretty useless without a water supply.

As it became really easy to just wash the poop away, there soon was so much fecal effluence, it started overflowing from the cesspits. The result of this design fail? Even more cholera and other diseases.

#5

I've Always Wanted An Apartment With A Bathtub, But This Is Certainly Not What I Envisioned

I've Always Wanted An Apartment With A Bathtub, But This Is Certainly Not What I Envisioned

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
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10 months ago

Well, at least the bathroom have a great view.

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Architects, engineers and homeowners of the late 19th century didn't know what to do. A lot of people had washstands in their bedrooms, so at first they just stuck sinks and taps into them, and put the toilet into whatever closet in the hall or space under the stairs that they could find, hence the “water closet.” However, it didn’t make a lot of sense to run plumbing to every bedroom when it was cheaper to bring it all to one place, and the idea of the bathroom was born.

#6

Taking A Shower In A Hotel In China

Taking A Shower In A Hotel In China

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Ryo Bakura
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10 months ago

Well you don't want to slip recklessly, you could hurt yourself. And that would be stupid.

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Since the early adopters, then as now, were the rich with a few rooms to spare, they were often lavish, with all the fixtures encased in wood like the commodes they replaced. But when the bathroom became mainstream and accessible to all classes, it got smaller (cheaper to build). Around 1910, the bathroom started looking pretty much the same way it does now.

#7

My Friend's Bathtub Handles. I-I Just.....what?

My Friend's Bathtub Handles. I-I Just.....what?

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Ale_Vidal23
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10 months ago

the right combination opens the secret chamber

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#8

My Mom Had Her Guest Bathroom Remodeled While She Was Out Of Town. She Wanted The Shower Head Up High So Tall People Didn't Have To Crouch Or Lean Way Back. Came Home To Find This, Which Shoots The Water Straight Across To The Opposite Wall

My Mom Had Her Guest Bathroom Remodeled While She Was Out Of Town. She Wanted The Shower Head Up High So Tall People Didn't Have To Crouch Or Lean Way Back. Came Home To Find This, Which Shoots The Water Straight Across To The Opposite Wall

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Nagawa (Cofa) Kishiki
Community Member
10 months ago

The tall people no longer need to crouch or lean back, they just need a chair to stand on.

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#9

Someone Peaked In High School Geometry

Someone Peaked In High School Geometry

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Wij
Community Member
10 months ago

did i shit in the sink or not?

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#10

The Shower In My Grandparents New Bathroom Is Very Nice, Except For One Small Problem...

The Shower In My Grandparents New Bathroom Is Very Nice, Except For One Small Problem...

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Hans
Community Member
10 months ago

Now imagine the water temperature changes in mid-shower...

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#11

Whatever. Shut Up And Have A Salad Next Time If You Don’t Like It

Whatever. Shut Up And Have A Salad Next Time If You Don’t Like It

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Luis Milian
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10 months ago

if my butt hits the wall after I have already showered, I would feel dirty.

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#12

Shower Screen Guy Thought The Toilet Waste Was For The Shower And Screened The Wrong Section. Plumber Installed The Toilet Anyway

Shower Screen Guy Thought The Toilet Waste Was For The Shower And Screened The Wrong Section. Plumber Installed The Toilet Anyway

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Hans
Community Member
10 months ago

When you need physical privacy, not visual.

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#13

Mother In Law’s Suite Is Finally Done!

Mother In Law’s Suite Is Finally Done!

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Hans
Community Member
10 months ago

You do not seem to be in a good terms with her.

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#14

I Cringe Every Time I Step Foot In This Shower

I Cringe Every Time I Step Foot In This Shower

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Luis Milian
Community Member
10 months ago

this one is not too bad, its a rain showerhead!

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#15

I Am Actually Speechless. I Mean In What Scenario Is This Required???? Fraternity Rush Week? And What Does One Store In That Prison Locker Built In?

I Am Actually Speechless. I Mean In What Scenario Is This Required???? Fraternity Rush Week? And What Does One Store In That Prison Locker Built In?

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Annanana
Community Member
10 months ago

Love the mirror though

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#16

Guest Room Shower

Guest Room Shower

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wusah
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10 months ago

In a weird way I kind of like that

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#17

Booked A Hotel In Orlando Through Hotwire And They Gave Us This Room. No Partition Between The Shower, Bathtub, And Bed. I'm Traveling With My Teenage Daughter...

Booked A Hotel In Orlando Through Hotwire And They Gave Us This Room. No Partition Between The Shower, Bathtub, And Bed. I'm Traveling With My Teenage Daughter...

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Daniel Lewis
Community Member
10 months ago

I will quote Principal Rooney from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. “So, that’s the way it is in their family.”

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#18

Calgon, Take Me Away

Calgon, Take Me Away

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Murmur Plopslop
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10 months ago

it's a TRAP!

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#19

Shower Curtain At My Local Ymca

Shower Curtain At My Local Ymca

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Luis Milian
Community Member
10 months ago

eye contact when naked is more awkward than the nakedness. makes sense...lol

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#20

The Controls For This Shower

The Controls For This Shower

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Ayur Hope
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10 months ago

is it shower control or cockpit of a plane?

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#21

Just In Case You Want A Little Brick Oven Pizza With Your Bath. Sounds Fantastic Tbh

Just In Case You Want A Little Brick Oven Pizza With Your Bath. Sounds Fantastic Tbh

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A B C
Community Member
10 months ago

Whoever designed this was either dumb as a brick or a genius. I'm not quite sure.

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#22

Carpeted Stairs To Shower

Carpeted Stairs To Shower

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Annanana
Community Member
10 months ago

Eau du mold

Daria B
Community Member
10 months ago

Feet fungus party! ♥

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Foxxy
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

I can’t stand seeing carpeted bathrooms, it’s just disgusting. thankfully they are extremely uncommon in Australia.

Sparrow Flying Free
Community Member
6 months ago

*breathing heavily* You. Had. One. Job.

John
Community Member
10 months ago

I'm not saying they dont exist just not very popular as Pillow suggests. I'm 50 years old have rented and owned a lot of properties. Never seen one with a carpet in the bathroom.

Susan Reid Smith
Community Member
10 months ago

You see mold, I see a broken ankle!

Jeff Requier
Community Member
10 months ago

My grand parents house has carpet wall to wall in the main washrooms

Jeff Requier
Community Member
10 months ago

it was the 70s

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Iggy
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

I went to view a rental flat many moons ago and the shower opened out on to carpet like this. I did not take the flat.

M O'Connell
Community Member
10 months ago

We had a carpeted bathroom when I was a kid, the edges were just cut precisely and not tacked down. Every 2 years or so when it would get gross we would just haul it outside and use it as a pattern to cut a new piece.

.kirsten./
Community Member
10 months ago

that literally made me shiver with the bad chills

David Glover
Community Member
10 months ago

My mother-in-law has this in her house I cringe every time I see it.

Restless
Community Member
10 months ago

Eau du pee pee

Miss Cris
Community Member
10 months ago

It's worse when the carpet goes to the wc.

Loki C
Community Member
10 months ago

way better than floors that get wet and and turn into a falling hazard.

Jennifer Rydstrom
Community Member
10 months ago

Save money on bath mats!

Stevie B
Community Member
10 months ago

This reminds me of my grandmother's old house. The entire bathroom was carpeted, and she had those carpet toilet cover things. It was horrible.

Sreekanth Acharya
Community Member
10 months ago

What could go wrong?

Drive Bee
Community Member
10 months ago

This is so doomed

Tara Leigh
Community Member
10 months ago

Many bathrooms had wall to wall carpet in the 70's & 80's. Even kitchens did

Gregory Hewitt
Community Member
10 months ago

ew.

Reynah Blair
Community Member
10 months ago

I hate wet carpets! :(

Susan Davis
Community Member
10 months ago

The saddest part about this is that it has obviously been used a lot. Ewwwww!!!!

Id row
Community Member
10 months ago

I'm cringing so hard.

Nathan Van Neck
Community Member
10 months ago

Never need a bath mat.

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
10 months ago

People who put carpet in bathrooms should be institutionalized, for their own good.

EHops
Community Member
10 months ago

You can see the mold peeking through the gap in the carpet!!🤢

Danielle Renee
Community Member
10 months ago

ewww, gross

Give me a beagle any day...
Community Member
10 months ago

ewwwww

knittin' kitten
Community Member
10 months ago

If you like to farm mold then this is perfect

Juan Alcorta
Community Member
10 months ago

I found lots of carpeted toilets in the UK.

Unwelcomed Guest
Community Member
10 months ago

Welcome to the U.K.... and black mold for the rest of your life

Murmur Plopslop
Community Member
10 months ago

well, at least you won't need a foot towel anymore.

Pillow
Community Member
10 months ago

Very popular thing in England.

John
Community Member
10 months ago

No they're not. I've lived here all my life and never seen one. It's just a bad cliche.

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Maria Rohlen
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10 months ago

Great Britain?

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#23

I've Always Wanted To Take Bath While Eating Breakfast

I've Always Wanted To Take Bath While Eating Breakfast

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Foxxy
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10 months ago

Why have breakfast in bed when you can have breakfast in the bath.

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#24

The Placement Of This Bath Tub Faucet

The Placement Of This Bath Tub Faucet

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A B C
Community Member
10 months ago

Installation jobs like these make my brain hurt.

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#25

There’s A Special Place In Hell For A Powder Room Where The Red Vessel Sink Is The Least Offensive Thing

There’s A Special Place In Hell For A Powder Room Where The Red Vessel Sink Is The Least Offensive Thing

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Jennie-Lind Normand
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10 months ago

I love the sink! The rest of the bathroom not so much

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#26

Wanna Take A S**t? Gotta Climb Over The Tub First

Wanna Take A S**t? Gotta Climb Over The Tub First

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Anne Bleakley
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10 months ago

I've been in a suite like this - guaranteed there is a door into the bathroom probably where the wastebin is on the let.

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#27

This Is The Room My Friend And I Got In Cuba. The Shower Wall Was A Window & You Could See Into The Entire Bathroom.. Even The Toilet

This Is The Room My Friend And I Got In Cuba. The Shower Wall Was A Window & You Could See Into The Entire Bathroom.. Even The Toilet

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Julia Sippel
Community Member
10 months ago

haha I stayed there too! My friend and I got to know each other on a whole new level if we didn't warn about bathroom use! The craziest thing, no one else at the resort was talking about how weird it was that we could watch each other shower and sh*t!

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#28

The Way This Curved Shower Enclosure Fits A Square Base, Causing The Floor To Flood And Requiring An Extra Drain

The Way This Curved Shower Enclosure Fits A Square Base, Causing The Floor To Flood And Requiring An Extra Drain

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Sandra Bartsch
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10 months ago

Would not have been too difficult to fill that gap!

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#29

This Bathtub Looks Like Somebody Was Killed In It... Or Worse

This Bathtub Looks Like Somebody Was Killed In It... Or Worse

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Foxxy
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10 months ago

What is worse than someone being killed?

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#30

Texas. What Are You Doing?

Texas. What Are You Doing?

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Aine
Community Member
10 months ago

I think it looks nice, myself...

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