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

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
6 months ago

🤣

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#2

Not A Paradox, Just A Normal Russian Architecture

Not A Paradox, Just A Normal Russian Architecture

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Pixie
Community Member
6 months ago

Built by M. C. Escher?

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#3

Steps That You Can't See

Steps That You Can't See

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fro_st puppy
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

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.”

#4

They Built This School Like One Month Ago

They Built This School Like One Month Ago

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Man with nice beard
Community Member
6 months ago

Head banger

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#5

No Broken Legs I Know Of

No Broken Legs I Know Of

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ravina nimje
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

apply border sticker on edges.

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#6

Access For Wheelchairs On These Stairs

Access For Wheelchairs On These Stairs

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Pixie
Community Member
6 months ago

O.ô

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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?

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Pixie
Community Member
6 months ago

.... I hope for Photoshop?

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#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

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Verena Gitterle
Community Member
6 months ago

This is also a challenge when you are sober

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#9

I Think My Stairs Fit Here

I Think My Stairs Fit Here

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ZeroHargreaves057
Community Member
6 months ago

Alice in Wonderland...... who?

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#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

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A.M. Pierre
Community Member
6 months ago

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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#11

That's How I Broke My Leg

That's How I Broke My Leg

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Verena Gitterle
Community Member
6 months ago

I feel you

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#12

Imagine Being Drunk

Imagine Being Drunk

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Luka Verheijen
Community Member
6 months ago

Feel drunk without alcohol.

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#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”

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Jihan Kim
Community Member
6 months ago

stairs with uneven steps... hate

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#14

I Saw This At My School

I Saw This At My School

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Pixie
Community Member
6 months ago

Insert Picard-face-palm here

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#15

This Is Russia

This Is Russia

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Monday
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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#16

I Present To You Jeans Stairs Or Jairs

I Present To You Jeans Stairs Or Jairs

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fro_st puppy
Community Member
6 months ago

why?

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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

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UncleRussian
Community Member
6 months ago

Free exercise

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#18

All The Privacy You Need

All The Privacy You Need

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Jihan Kim
Community Member
6 months ago

????????????

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#19

Found This Beauty At My Local College

Found This Beauty At My Local College

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Man with nice beard
Community Member
6 months ago

Just common glitch i found on game

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#20

This Staircase

This Staircase

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Luka Verheijen
Community Member
6 months ago

Fashionable.

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#21

Escalator/Stairs Combo

Escalator/Stairs Combo

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Jihan Kim
Community Member
6 months ago

budget issues i see

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#22

I Can See Why Someone Wanted To Fix This

I Can See Why Someone Wanted To Fix This

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Man with nice beard
Community Member
6 months ago

Good grief i stop drinking long ago

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#23

Stairway To Heaven

Stairway To Heaven

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Pixie
Community Member
6 months ago

My first thougt: ohhhh cute

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#24

Stairs From The Top

Stairs From The Top

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Verena Gitterle
Community Member
6 months ago

Can I take the lift?

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#25

Stairway To Heaven

Stairway To Heaven

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Luka Verheijen
Community Member
6 months ago

Pretty cool. But what is on the side of it?

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#26

This Fuzzy Staircase

This Fuzzy Staircase

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kjorn
Community Member
6 months ago

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)

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Luka Verheijen
Community Member
6 months ago

Maybe put some flags in those holes.

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#28

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

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

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
6 months ago

Uh huh! More Vodka inspired Soviet architecture.

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#30

The Longer You Stair, The Worse It Gets

The Longer You Stair, The Worse It Gets

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
6 months ago

D.I.Y?

Vivaan Samaraweera
Community Member
6 months ago

D.I.WHY

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2BX
Community Member
6 months ago

Even the k**b on the end is crooked

Nicole Nicole
Community Member
6 months ago

Why why why censor k**b??

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Mark Schilling
Community Member
6 months ago

The patch up on the wall is driving me nuts too. I bet it's been that way for a long time.

TTorrest Author
Community Member
6 months ago

The cap on the newel post did me in.

Emily
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

those are still straighter than me

El Dee
Community Member
6 months ago

EvErYthING iS WrOnG..

Randolph Croft
Community Member
6 months ago

Metric vs. Imperial.

DangaTank
Community Member
6 months ago

ohhhhhh..... I get it. 'Stair'🤣

thetacotruckman
Community Member
6 months ago

why do i see them moving.

LadyDelynn
Community Member
6 months ago

Runs away screaming* Ahhhhhhhh!!!!

Brian Gross
Community Member
6 months ago

this is proof that hell exists. it is proof of doom and death. it is a reminder to all you are a speck in the universe. this is a reminder of doom and death.

brukernavn340
Community Member
6 months ago

That's punny

skyfire the nightwing-seawing
Community Member
6 months ago

it hurts

Storm
Community Member
3 weeks ago

D.I WHY

Microwaved Robot
Community Member
3 months ago

OMG my OCD!

lily s weakland
Community Member
6 months ago

why!!

Angus Carnegie
Community Member
6 months ago

who designed this and where can i find him

Frances Petendra
Community Member
6 months ago

Now my eyes are wonky

Geoff Rogers
Community Member
6 months ago

This looks deliberate to me. Someone seems to have gone to lot of trouble to make very obvious mistakes.

Nancy Doughty
Community Member
6 months ago

Lining up those stair spindles (I know it's not the right word) is very difficult in carpentry.

M O'Connell
Community Member
6 months ago

The preferred method would be to clamp the base to the underside of the handrail and drill them both at the same time, that way even if the spacing isn't perfect, they are all at the correct angle.

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Geoff C.
Community Member
6 months ago

I think the bubble in his spirit level has got a puncture...

Ayia Grace
Community Member
6 months ago

Look at the end-decoration-thingy!!! It's at an angle!!

I I
Community Member
6 months ago

they started drinking half way through i recon

Nicole Nicole
Community Member
6 months ago

This really is a feat of hidden genius.

Noemie Houtekie-N'Da
Community Member
6 months ago

NOPE

David Beaulieu
Community Member
6 months ago

Someone's getting a spirit level for Christmas!

Jamma
Community Member
6 months ago

That skewed kn0b at the bottom is really the cherry on top. :)

Yoga Kitty
Community Member
6 months ago

Last chance to grap before you hit the floor...

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6 months ago

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A Jones
Community Member
6 months ago

This makes me sad.

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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

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Luka Verheijen
Community Member
6 months ago

Weelchair launcher

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#32

Why Don't You Just Use All The Stairs?

Why Don't You Just Use All The Stairs?

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Roger Haywood
Community Member
6 months ago

Theres no need for the rails.

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#33

A Staircase At My Uni

A Staircase At My Uni

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troufaki13
Community Member
6 months ago

It's a secret entrance

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#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

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

What stairs?

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#35

And Sometimes People Use The Left Part

And Sometimes People Use The Left Part

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Ian Koch
Community Member
6 months ago

*b o n k*

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#36

These Stairs At Our Hotel

These Stairs At Our Hotel

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Pixie
Community Member
6 months ago

More of a ladder than stairs

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#37

You Gotta Pay Attention On These Stairs In A Cinema

You Gotta Pay Attention On These Stairs In A Cinema

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BigFish Artwire
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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UncleRussian
Community Member
6 months ago

"He's just standing there.... Menacingly"

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#39

This Bathroom With Too Many Stairs

This Bathroom With Too Many Stairs

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
6 months ago

They don't call it a throne for no reason. 🤴🚽

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#40

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

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Bow, I’m a Slytherin
Community Member
6 months ago

You will Hit Yourself 3 months From Thank is At 3rd Floor

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#41

These Stairs At My Friend's House

These Stairs At My Friend's House

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Raven Sheridan
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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Luka Verheijen
Community Member
6 months ago

Great for doing a limbo dance.

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#43

Wasting A Third Of The Staircase

Wasting A Third Of The Staircase

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Ellie
Community Member
6 months ago

These handles are usually added later where either ppl complained or someone fell.

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#44

Great Paint Job, Especially That Last “Step”

Great Paint Job, Especially That Last “Step”

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Sheepeggs
Community Member
6 months ago

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

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Alexis Alcaide González
Community Member
6 months ago

And today in a new episode of insurance nightmares...

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