I think it’s only fair to agree on one simple thing. If an indoor space, or an outdoor one, for that matter, has a stairway, however long or short, it should serve its function. First, it should bring us up and down at least one level and second, it should be safe. That’s the bare minimum, right?

But it turns out, some stair designers out there have had their minds spun by invisible hamsters on a wheel. Right below, it becomes very clear why. You see, if the stairs cost you a potentially immeasurable amount of broken legs, you’d be better off without them.

Bored Panda has compiled the most absurd cases of stair designs gone very wrong that make a ladder look like a premium lift in comparison. My popcorn is ready, how about you?

#1

The Perfect Building To Have Stairs In Front Of

The Perfect Building To Have Stairs In Front Of

ROPISUS Report

#2

Not A Paradox, Just A Normal Russian Architecture

Not A Paradox, Just A Normal Russian Architecture

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#3

Steps That You Can't See

Steps That You Can't See

Paarnahkrin Report

fro_st puppy
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some poor bad eye sighted person or pretty much anyone is literally going to bash their leg on that or worse

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Although the absurd stair designs may look quite funny from the comfort of a computer, in reality, they cause some very serious risks to people who use them. National Safety Council statistics rank stairway injuries second only to motor vehicle accidents among leading causes of accidents. Moreover, World Health Organization states that falls are the second leading cause of accidental or unintentional injury deaths worldwide.

According to the representative of the Law Offices of Andrew D. Myers, a civil litigation attorney who focuses on personal injury, bankruptcy, business law and other civil matters, children and adults over 65 are especially at high risk. 

“Each year, one in three elderly adults suffers a serious stairway fall. Such injuries can increase the chances of an earlier death and reduce the ability to live independently. The elderly face a higher likelihood of falling because they often experience muscle weakness and potential dizziness from taking a variety of medications. This risk rises as they age.”

#5

No Broken Legs I Know Of

No Broken Legs I Know Of

slepsteRwasTaken Report

#6

Access For Wheelchairs On These Stairs

Access For Wheelchairs On These Stairs

CptnTryhard Report

They state that common injuries caused by stairway falls include internal bleeding, fractured bones, brain injuries, soft-tissue injuries, and dislocations. Moreover, Safety Council statistics indicate falls are among the most common causes of traumatic brain injury, so in no way can the possibility of falling down the stairs be looked at lightly.

To prevent such injuries, premises liability law requires property owners to reasonably maintain stairways. According to the Law Offices of Andrew D. Myers, “The law also holds property owners responsible where injuries occur as a result of dangerous or hazardous conditions. If proven that injuries directly resulted from a property owner’s negligence, then the injured person may be able to collect compensation for pain and suffering, lost income, and reimbursement for medical bills related to the accident.”

#7

These Are Stairs In My Town. Just How?

These Are Stairs In My Town. Just How?

kprincess Report

#8

These Stairs In My In-Laws' Summerhouse. We Have Parties Here So Going Down These Stairs Drunk Is A Challenge

These Stairs In My In-Laws' Summerhouse. We Have Parties Here So Going Down These Stairs Drunk Is A Challenge

reddit.com Report

#9

I Think My Stairs Fit Here

I Think My Stairs Fit Here

IsItKandar Report

#10

Got An Unsatisfying Feeling When Walking Downstairs And The Last Step Was Not There

Got An Unsatisfying Feeling When Walking Downstairs And The Last Step Was Not There

antglin Report

A.M. Pierre
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And that's where you step forward gracefully expecting a stair and end up looking like an especially awkward giraffe as you try to recover.

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#12

Imagine Being Drunk

Imagine Being Drunk

M3strefi Report

#13

The “Extra” Two Inches Of Concrete At The Top Of My Stairs. We Call It “The Tripper”

The “Extra” Two Inches Of Concrete At The Top Of My Stairs. We Call It “The Tripper”

DesertVol Report

#14

I Saw This At My School

I Saw This At My School

Frezzi54 Report

#15

This Is Russia

This Is Russia

sergeserge Report

Monday
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wait..so you have to hop over the railing to get out?

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#17

You Have To Go Up The Stairs, And Then Down The Stairs To Get To The Door

You Have To Go Up The Stairs, And Then Down The Stairs To Get To The Door

ScorpionPC Report

#19

Found This Beauty At My Local College

Found This Beauty At My Local College

GelatinSkeleton3 Report

#22

I Can See Why Someone Wanted To Fix This

I Can See Why Someone Wanted To Fix This

Centella111 Report

#23

Stairway To Heaven

Stairway To Heaven

spookydaddio Report

#25

Stairway To Heaven

Stairway To Heaven

JohanCruijfff Report

#26

This Fuzzy Staircase

This Fuzzy Staircase

analogHedgeHog Report

kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

it's not a stair, it's a big treehouse for cat

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#27

When I Tripped On The Stairs I Cut My Arm On These Things, And Continued To Fall Down The Stairs (I'm The 5th Victim This Week)

When I Tripped On The Stairs I Cut My Arm On These Things, And Continued To Fall Down The Stairs (I'm The 5th Victim This Week)

JeffKaplanFromOW Report

#28

Don't Think The Owner Of This Hotel Thought This Through

Don't Think The Owner Of This Hotel Thought This Through

mediagarden Report

Raven Sheridan
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Let's take the stairs. Urgh...on second thought, how about we wait for the lift?

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#29

Just A Staircase In St. Petersburg

Just A Staircase In St. Petersburg

Hellerick Report

Raven Sheridan
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Uh huh! More Vodka inspired Soviet architecture.

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#31

Wheelchair Ramp To A Staircase In A Mall In Haugesund, Norway

Wheelchair Ramp To A Staircase In A Mall In Haugesund, Norway

01aleksander Report

#32

Why Don't You Just Use All The Stairs?

Why Don't You Just Use All The Stairs?

marytheuseless Report

#33

A Staircase At My Uni

A Staircase At My Uni

ixorabones Report

#34

These Stairs Carpeted With A Pattern That Makes It Hard To See The Edge

These Stairs Carpeted With A Pattern That Makes It Hard To See The Edge

ke4ukz Report

#35

And Sometimes People Use The Left Part

And Sometimes People Use The Left Part

Lord_neah Report

#36

These Stairs At Our Hotel

These Stairs At Our Hotel

Zvek_Eagle Report

#37

You Gotta Pay Attention On These Stairs In A Cinema

You Gotta Pay Attention On These Stairs In A Cinema

DurkleR Report

BigFish Artwire
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If it wasn't for the wall to the left in the picture I wouldn't know that those are steps

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#38

Painted In A Hotel Stairwell Leading To Fitness Center

Painted In A Hotel Stairwell Leading To Fitness Center

Westonhaus Report

#39

When Your Gym Tries Hard To Motivate You But Fails To Make Any Sense

When Your Gym Tries Hard To Motivate You But Fails To Make Any Sense

james_pawned Report

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#40

This Bathroom With Too Many Stairs

This Bathroom With Too Many Stairs

bgwinup Report

#41

These Stairs At My Friend's House

These Stairs At My Friend's House

Tom_Theunissen Report

Raven Sheridan
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is that the blood of the murder dungeons previous victim on the stairs?

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#42

New Staircase At My School

New Staircase At My School

OmegaBrightBlade Report

#43

Wasting A Third Of The Staircase

Wasting A Third Of The Staircase

Inuj Report

John Otruba
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Building codes change and if this is in a public space rails probably added to comply

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#44

Great Paint Job, Especially That Last “Step”

Great Paint Job, Especially That Last “Step”

leinamichelle Report

Sheepeggs
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Imagine going down the stairs blindfolded, you finally get the hang of it when suddenly you reach the bottom. Now imagine yo have perfectly good eyesight, you finally get the hang of it when suddenly you reach the bottom.

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#45

When Personal Injury Lawers Moonlight As Interior A Designer

When Personal Injury Lawers Moonlight As Interior A Designer

HK23E Report

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