Good design is about finding the delicate yet pleasing balance between form and function. Though a lot depends on what you want to get done, a good rule of thumb is to keep your designs simple, so that they’re easily understood, practical, and aesthetic. But some people throw the rulebook out the window into the dumpster. And then they wing it.

Even though bad home interior designs are something you should practice social distancing from, you can’t deny that they can be hilarious… as long as it’s not your home we’re talking about! Bored Panda wanted to make you laugh and feel better about having to stay in your lovely home during the lockdown, so we’re bringing you the funniest, most facepalm-worthy interior design fails that prove common sense is actually quite rare.

Are you in the mood for some more horrendous examples of design? Well, once you’re done scrolling through this list and upvoting your fave horrible design pics, we invite you to check out earlier posts about design fails here, here, and here.

#1

Steps That You Can't See

Steps That You Can't See

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
3 months ago

person - i want something that aways keeps me on my toes . interior designer-i got you

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#2

Up The Drain It Goes

Up The Drain It Goes

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로희
Community Member
3 months ago

Take shower on this space only.

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#3

My Uncle's House Got A Bathroom Without A Door, Literally The First Thing You See When You Enter The House

My Uncle's House Got A Bathroom Without A Door, Literally The First Thing You See When You Enter The House

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Hermione
Community Member
3 months ago

welcome to our humble commode...I meant abode

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Designer Dieter Rams is one of the world’s brightest experts when it comes to design that’s done well. Back in the 1970s, he said that the world was full of “an impenetrable confusion of forms, colors, and noises” and then went on to create his 10 principles for good design. In our opinion, he expressed timeless rules that are as important now as they were back then.

For Rams, good design has to be innovative but also useful. It can’t sacrifice form or function for one or the other: it has to be a blend of both. If a product is self-explanatory, even better! That goes for designs everywhere—if something is over-designed, it can create confusion.

#4

My Friend's Under-The-Stairs "Bathroom" Where The Toilet Is Diagonal And Partially Installed Into The Carpeted Wall

My Friend's Under-The-Stairs "Bathroom" Where The Toilet Is Diagonal And Partially Installed Into The Carpeted Wall

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
3 months ago

Harry would have been a lot more messed up if he had lived here

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#5

Can't Stop Thinking About This Sink

Can't Stop Thinking About This Sink

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ZombieGirl
Community Member
3 months ago

The first thing this made me thing of was Sims, lol

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#6

Kitchen Made By A Sofa Maker

Kitchen Made By A Sofa Maker

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
3 months ago

looks like its out of a cartoon , real interesting

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Similarly, Rams argues that good design is honest, long-lasting, friendly to the environment, has a shelf life longer than current trends, and does away with non-essentials. In short, aim for purity. Show the essence of the design. Do away with what’s unnecessary. More is less.

However, we’re not the only ones who think that bad designs can be a lot of fun (and not just a warning about what to avoid doing). The founders of the Ugly Design Instagram page, Jonas Nyffenegger and Sébastien Mathys, told Bored Panda in an earlier interview that bad designs jump out at people from the screen and grab their attention.

#7

At Least You Don't Have To Reach For It

At Least You Don't Have To Reach For It

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
3 months ago

Now you just need some mechanized contraption behind your head to pull it through.

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#8

The Almighty Toilet Throne

The Almighty Toilet Throne

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
3 months ago

Compensating for something?

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#9

All It Needs Is A Jukebox And A Soda Fountain

All It Needs Is A Jukebox And A Soda Fountain

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
3 months ago

...and the back end of a '59 Cadillac sticking out of the wall.

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What’s more, atrocious designs also keep on surprising people. Just when you think you’ve reached the bottom of the (Un)Aesthetic Abyss, you realize that it was just the tip of the Iceberg of Bad Taste. What’s more, the founders pointed out that the world would be a very boring place if everything looked tasteful and nice.

#10

Imagine Having To Scrub Or Clean It

Imagine Having To Scrub Or Clean It

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Truth Monster
Community Member
3 months ago

so if you filled in the gaps with an epoxy resin, it might be cool, but this looks impossible to keep clean as it is.

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#11

I Almost Fell Down And Rolled My Ankle On This

I Almost Fell Down And Rolled My Ankle On This

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
3 months ago

There are so many wrong things in this picture I can't even

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#12

New Kitchen Style

New Kitchen Style

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
3 months ago

fun

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#13

Why Is There Wood Separating The Hallway In Half

Why Is There Wood Separating The Hallway In Half

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J. Cole
Community Member
3 months ago

Good question. Answer, anyone?

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#14

Yup, The Fridge Fit Boss

Yup, The Fridge Fit Boss

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John Augsburger
Community Member
3 months ago

Kitchen with bougie kennel.

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#15

My Parents Have A Bathroom With Carpet That Goes Up The Bathtub Walls. Bonus Points For The Terrible Wallpaper

My Parents Have A Bathroom With Carpet That Goes Up The Bathtub Walls. Bonus Points For The Terrible Wallpaper

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Gillbella
Community Member
3 months ago

Urgh bathroom carpet is bad enough!

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#16

Who Says Crown Molding Is Overdone?

Who Says Crown Molding Is Overdone?

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
3 months ago

Could you imagine being the guy who had to cut all those pieces?

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#17

I Think My Stairs Fit Here

I Think My Stairs Fit Here

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Koala Kitty
Community Member
3 months ago

Is this at Hogwarts?

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#18

Middle Class Fridge. Lower Class Aesthetic

Middle Class Fridge. Lower Class Aesthetic

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Lucy Cullis
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like something from the sims...

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#19

It's Not A Mirror, It's A Doorway

It's Not A Mirror, It's A Doorway

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 months ago

Home of a belly dancer?

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#20

A Shower Designed To Be As Hard To Stand In As Possible

A Shower Designed To Be As Hard To Stand In As Possible

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Kisses4Katie
Community Member
3 months ago

Lemme just cling to this rock like a derpmaid while water runs over my body

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#21

This Bathroom Covered In Carpet

This Bathroom Covered In Carpet

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Chris B
Community Member
3 months ago

It's not plain ugly. Somehow it's appealing in a very strange 70s softcore adult movie master bedroom druglord nightmare.

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#22

This Single Square Inch Of Raised Carpet Complete With Lining

This Single Square Inch Of Raised Carpet Complete With Lining

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Couldnt_Find_A_Good_Name
Community Member
3 months ago

Just....why?

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#23

I Can Just Imagine The Whole House Shaking Like Crazy

I Can Just Imagine The Whole House Shaking Like Crazy

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D Peterson
Community Member
3 months ago

I wonder how long that beautiful wall tile will last without cracking.

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#24

Wash Your Hands You Animals

Wash Your Hands You Animals

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Petra Christovová
Community Member
3 months ago

most creepy thing ever

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#25

Imagine Trying To Piss While Drunk

Imagine Trying To Piss While Drunk

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Chris B
Community Member
3 months ago

You can't even sit on it. Where should your right leg go?

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#26

These Stairs Leading To A Bedroom Loft

These Stairs Leading To A Bedroom Loft

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
3 months ago

That's actually kinda cool.

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#27

My Friend Just Finished A Kitchen Remodel

My Friend Just Finished A Kitchen Remodel

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
3 months ago

Friend is half a bubble off plumb

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#28

Prayers For The Contractor Who Had To Call These Homeowners And Explain They Needed A Second Set Of Front Doors Because. Math

Prayers For The Contractor Who Had To Call These Homeowners And Explain They Needed A Second Set Of Front Doors Because. Math

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
3 months ago

how many time someone tried entering the fake doors

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#29

Today My Mom Hit Her Toe With This And Was Bleeding. I Hate This Kitchen So Much

Today My Mom Hit Her Toe With This And Was Bleeding. I Hate This Kitchen So Much

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Juan Hernandez
Community Member
3 months ago

took me a second to see it

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#30

Why Is The Big Face Bleeding, Why The Monkey, Just Why

Why Is The Big Face Bleeding, Why The Monkey, Just Why

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
3 months ago

In all that creepiness, the partially open eye is the worst!

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#31

This Shower Has Blinds Instead Of Curtains

This Shower Has Blinds Instead Of Curtains

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Capelli rosa e patate
Community Member
3 months ago

Did someone say: redundant?

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#32

This "Form Over Function" Kitchen In My Apartment

This "Form Over Function" Kitchen In My Apartment

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
3 months ago

Looks like the "Lowest Bidder" design.

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#33

Social Distancing Looking A Lot Like Being Married For 10+ Years

Social Distancing Looking A Lot Like Being Married For 10+ Years

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In Vino Veritas
Community Member
3 months ago

I kinda like that

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#34

Toilet Room Design

Toilet Room Design

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
3 months ago

Frilly shark, do do do do, frilly shark!

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#35

8000 Magic Cards Covering 39m²

8000 Magic Cards Covering 39m²

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Melissa Hill
Community Member
3 months ago

Wow that is some dedication.

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#36

This Staircase Bathroom

This Staircase Bathroom

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
3 months ago

"Seriously, Doctor, I fell down the stairs while shaving!"

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#37

Why: 1. They Put In A Sliding Door To A Bedroom. 2. They Placed Curtains On The Outside Of It. 3. They Also Placed The Lock On The Outside

Why: 1. They Put In A Sliding Door To A Bedroom. 2. They Placed Curtains On The Outside Of It. 3. They Also Placed The Lock On The Outside

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Kostas
Community Member
3 months ago

it's murican style paper house. bedroom was added later

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#38

This Entire Kitchen’s Counters And Backsplash Are Covered With This “Faux Mold” Tile

This Entire Kitchen’s Counters And Backsplash Are Covered With This “Faux Mold” Tile

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
3 months ago

Drop some blue cheese on there and you'd never find it again.

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#39

Imagine Being A Firefighter And Entering A Dark Smoke-Filled House From The Outside Through This Window

Imagine Being A Firefighter And Entering A Dark Smoke-Filled House From The Outside Through This Window

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Isabel Betancourt
Community Member
3 months ago

Somebody call somebody!

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#40

Is It Possible To Change This?

Is It Possible To Change This?

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Couldnt_Find_A_Good_Name
Community Member
3 months ago

nope. It will remain so for the rest of eternity. You HAVE to live with it. No exceptions.

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#41

This Throne Room

This Throne Room

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Chris B
Community Member
3 months ago

It's a nightmare and I love it.

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#42

Neck Pain And A Head Injury Anyone?

Neck Pain And A Head Injury Anyone?

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Zlaxcat Youtube
Community Member
3 months ago

It looks cool, but I still kinda hate it

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#43

My Grandma’s Bathroom

My Grandma’s Bathroom

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
3 months ago

I bought a used mobile home with the garden tub carpeted exactly like this. They attached the carpet with a staple gun and 49,000 staples. Took me forever to get them all out and toss the nasty carpet.

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#44

The Bathroom Door Of The New Place My Girlfriend And I Just Moved Into. I Was Sat At The Dining Table When I Took This

The Bathroom Door Of The New Place My Girlfriend And I Just Moved Into. I Was Sat At The Dining Table When I Took This

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
3 months ago

That's clearly an exterior door on that bathroom, it even has a deadbolt lock!

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#45

The Queen’s Seat

The Queen’s Seat

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Suz
Community Member
3 months ago

At least flush, before taking a photo...

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#46

Clean Entrance

Clean Entrance

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Anny
Community Member
3 months ago

To be fair, I would love that for covid times. Shove clothes in a bag to toss in washing machine, shower to disinfect and then scurry inside happily. If it had a way to part between door and water, like smt to slide over, it'd work peachy!

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#47

The Raised Cutout Of This Ceiling Doesn’t Allow The Fan To Suck In Any Air

The Raised Cutout Of This Ceiling Doesn’t Allow The Fan To Suck In Any Air

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Stacy S.
Community Member
3 months ago

Recessed fan?!

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#48

These Tiles That Are Designed Pre-Worn And Dirty

These Tiles That Are Designed Pre-Worn And Dirty

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Liz the Wanderer
Community Member
3 months ago

What are people thinking??

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#49

How Would Any Of This Work

How Would Any Of This Work

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Stacy S.
Community Member
3 months ago

NOT up to code.

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#50

Creativity

Creativity

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The 5-star rated 5-star rating system
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3 months ago

Why is the toilet diagonal? Have fun sitting there with that corner digging into your leg.

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