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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

Love the mirror though

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#16

Guest Room Shower

Guest Room Shower

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wusah 3 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 3 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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Rob Lucchetti 3 months ago

"Yes, right - I want to take a bath in the Temple of Doom" is what the person said to themselves as they put this together.

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#19

Shower Curtain At My Local Ymca

Shower Curtain At My Local Ymca

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Luis Milian 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

Eau du mold

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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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 months ago

I think it looks nice, myself...

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