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
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1 month 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
1 month 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
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1 month 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
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1 month 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
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1 month 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
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1 month 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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rgr8
Community Member
1 month ago

I will admit I burst out in laughter.

Joonscrab
Community Member
1 month ago

The toilet paper also acts as d**k rests for people with...d***s

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EM J
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1 month ago

Genius if it was coming out the SIDE of the toilet seat!

Dark Side of the Loom
Community Member
1 month ago

My thought too

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Luuta
Community Member
1 month ago

They need another roller behind their head and to motorise them together for an automatic bum wiping system.

TomiSmith
Community Member
1 month ago

🤣😂🤣😂🤣

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Bobert Robertson
Community Member
1 month ago

Just slide off the front for a hands free cleaning

TomiSmith
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1 month ago

Good comment.

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
1 month ago

This actually makes sense in an insane way

William Wenzel
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes I also think it makes sense, the roll is easy to find and near the action.

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Dr Nostromo
Community Member
1 month ago

LOL!! I can't stop laughing.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 month ago

Because there was litterally EVERYWHERE ELSE to put the tissue roll.

Dorothy Parker
Community Member
1 month ago

Nice woodworking.

Hilary James
Community Member
1 month ago

Someone had to custom make this right ?

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Dayton Alder Ernest
Community Member
1 month ago

This bothers me alot.

Kisses4Katie
Community Member
1 month ago

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

Johnny
Community Member
1 month ago

This is so women can wipe as they get off the toilet without having to actually use a piece of toilet paper. Though you'd probably want to change the roll often.

Up All Night
Community Member
1 month ago

When did you see a woman just slide off from the toilet unless they are the size of a toddler?

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Daisy Chain
Community Member
1 month ago

I admit, it isn't a horrible idea, they had good intentions, but your legs would have to be spread apart pretty far...

Jaclyn
Community Member
1 month ago

I mean...at least this one is easily fixable.

David Kim
Community Member
1 month ago

Also, the location of the toilet itself looks odd...

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
1 month ago

Recommended for an all female household only! Sorry guys, but sometimes you all don't have great aim, sorry sorry sorry!

Lord Patrick Scott
Community Member
1 month ago

why do men have the seat down to number 1 in your house?

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Nate Hull
Community Member
1 month ago

If I wasn't a cat, I would feel that to see if it was comfortable.

Peter Bear
Community Member
1 month ago

That's... peculiar, but also fairly clever.

François Carré
Community Member
1 month ago

I can't even figure out how evil that thing is while pretending to be practical.

The 5-star rated 5-star rating system
Community Member
1 month ago

I will admit, i kind of like this, but I would like it more if the holder was on the side of the seat.

Luther von Wolfen
Community Member
1 month ago

This can be fixed with a saw and some sandpaper.

Karen Van Scoyk
Community Member
1 month ago

STOP IT!

Elaine Mattingly
Community Member
1 month ago

Honey, I really wish you would have talk to me about it first.

Suzanne Haigh
Community Member
1 month ago

Interesting

DotC
Community Member
1 month ago

I think this is my favorite.

May Day
Community Member
1 month ago

Please tell me this is photoshopped.

IFXO
Community Member
1 month ago

new tech where men pee on the roll and the pee absorbs so that wives don't have to put the seat down back afterwards. 😂

Cameron Metcalf
Community Member
1 month ago

*you missed* :o

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
1 month ago

And if you have boys in the house, "welcome to our soggy mess that used to be toilet paper".

Shirley Heyn
Community Member
1 month ago

very inventive and expertly done. . . okay, that's all I've got. . .

Ana Miranda @ Lisbon, Portugal
Community Member
1 month ago

Really?? 🤣🤣

Dog Lover
Community Member
1 month ago

A crap design!

Mónica Elisabeth Sacco
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Dad, don't forget to raise the seat... PLEASE!

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
1 month ago

A reason to hang the toilet-roll the other way round...because this way sure ain't handy.

Sara MacFarland
Community Member
1 month ago

sit sideways? (v e r y carefully)

Elma Young
Community Member
1 month ago

You have to stand up to flush??

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
1 month ago

It's shopped. The toilet has no shadow, neither does the toilet paper roll.

Marsha Sturgill
Community Member
1 month ago

Did someone have a little too much time on their hands? What's up with hiding the tank? Actually, I kinda like that part. The paper holder looks awkward to have to straddle to be seated.

TomiSmith
Community Member
1 month ago

Wow, I wonder how often guys who stand to pee, pee all over it?

Carmen Honacker
Community Member
1 month ago

Hahahahaha 😂😂😂

Brent Kaufman
Community Member
1 month ago

This is on the toilet designer, the outlet store where it was sold, the builder, or homeowner that chose it and payed for it, and of course Trump.

Leesa DeAndrea
Community Member
1 month ago

That's easily fixed. Just replace the seat & put the TP on that shelf behind it.

Irene Carlyle
Community Member
1 month ago

laughed out loud!! The images.....!!!!!

Anna roberts
Community Member
1 month ago

Going to be very hard on the little ones

Kim Lorton
Community Member
1 month ago

Just drop on it, either sex will drip on it,... ugh!

Elizabeth Butler
Community Member
1 month ago

At least it is easily REPLACED

Kerri Russ
Community Member
1 month ago

The tank is in the WALL??? Most unique toilet I've ever seen!

Backtotheislands
Community Member
1 month ago

That's what I was wondering. How do you fix a broken chain?

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June Dominguez
Community Member
1 month ago

Uh, well, ok! Speechlessness!

Shelley DuVal
Community Member
1 month ago

No! Just no!

Leslie K Von Dell
Community Member
1 month ago

LMAO! What IS this?! Is it the forerunner to a bidet? For people facing the wrong way on the toilet?

Cybele Spanjaard
Community Member
1 month ago

Please don't miss..anyone

Stan Chung
Community Member
1 month ago

you can rest your d on it when its tired

katboxjanitor
Community Member
1 month ago

Junior High shop project???

Tina Mercado
Community Member
1 month ago

If someone misses their aim, there goes the toilet paper! Wet!

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
1 month ago

LOL!!!

JD Lee
Community Member
1 month ago

It’s a gag seat. Not screwed in & doesn’t quite fit the toilet.

elfin
Community Member
1 month ago

Ensuring the "wide stance" so much admired by Larry Craig. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Craig_scandal

Max Hogan
Community Member
1 month ago

Toilet for women only

Jack Urquhart
Community Member
1 month ago

You could just get up and run and you'd be done.

L Sawatzke
Community Member
1 month ago

🙄

Rebecca Taylor
Community Member
1 month ago

wierd

CHRISTIE WAGNER
Community Member
1 month ago

Instead of the toilet paper roll the interior designer should have put a miniature t.v. to help while away the time. Magazines are SO yesterday.

Jane W.
Community Member
1 month ago

So very convenient, I guess.

Sue Knerl
Community Member
1 month ago

First thing I'd do is buy a new toilet seat.

Sue Sanders
Community Member
1 month ago

Future archaeologists are gonna scratch their heads at this sort of thing.

Mickie Shea
Community Member
1 month ago

Innovation at its best. where do we buy the seat?

Pili
Community Member
1 month ago

What in the world. There has to be a logical explanation

P Brixey
Community Member
1 month ago

Good for people who dribble, the floor won't get wet.

P Brixey
Community Member
1 month ago

It must be British, a wooden seat and tank behind the wall, one of those that refuses to flush no matter how many times you try.

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Denise Mclean
Community Member
1 month ago

You do have to worry about it dragging though.

MAKtheknife
Community Member
1 month ago

Well, that's interesting!

c Fuller
Community Member
1 month ago

Heavens!! What will panty hose wearers do??

jazz cat
Community Member
1 month ago

My ex never lift the toilet seat when he pee, so I assume the roll will have pee marks if he uses it

Panda-riffic
Community Member
1 month ago

Brings whole new meaning to over or under the roll.

23AClark
Community Member
1 month ago

What can one say?

Craig Johnson
Community Member
1 month ago

If something in the cistern (toliet tank) requires repair, such as the flush lever, the ballcock, the flapper valve, etc., how do you access it? :-O

Mary Maney
Community Member
1 month ago

But this is amazing... its not even bad design!

Logan Clermont
Community Member
1 month ago

when seat goes up it would go into bowl

TimesNewLogan
Community Member
1 month ago

Just put a flywheel behind it, and you never have to wipe with your hands again!

Whitney Anderson
Community Member
1 month ago

there is a lot of things wrong with this bathroom hahahaha

Robert Robi Z
Community Member
1 month ago

You don't have to tear it off, either, just roll it back after use

Paul Davies
Community Member
1 month ago

Absolutely ridiculous!

Alex Hamilton
Community Member
1 month ago

Original!!

Molly Graves
Community Member
1 month ago

the window sill is curved

NaruTheCollective
Community Member
1 month ago

Yaaaaaaaas.

Heather Menard
Community Member
1 month ago

Pretty nice toilet seat maker

Luna Laluna
Community Member
1 month ago

Mark says it wouldn't work, with legs this way it will be hard to s**t comfortable, butt hole is too tight

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

Hope kids don't have to try to use it

BlahBlahBlackSheepah
Community Member
1 month ago

Tp on the toilet flusher on the wall allright allright allright

Sonia Górnicz
Community Member
1 month ago

such a shitty idea

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 month ago

The only way this could make sense is if it is made especially for a person who for some reason cannot reach a wall-mounted roll of toilet paper. In that case, this set up could allow for more autonomy.

Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
Community Member
1 month ago

Hopefully just a little guest bathroom humor.

Octavia Hansen
Community Member
1 month ago

You will ALWAYS know when you're out of paper before you even get started!

Dylan Howell
Community Member
1 month ago

wait...what

A Jones
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm saving this to my cursed photos folder.

BananaAnna
Community Member
1 month ago

Lord have mercy, where would one get such a throne lid? AND how does one work on the water holding tank? Love the baseboard cut, the flush handle. Definitely an improvement over the old outhouse.

DungeonQuestPlayer
Community Member
1 month ago

ummm just gonna wash that real quicklyy

J Rob
Community Member
1 month ago

It is a one-off joke design, "developed as an experiment to see how humor can be used to improve everyday objects, british designer henry franks has created ‘bog standard’, an oak toilet seat hybrid with a paper roll attached to the rim" https://www.designboom.com/design/bog-standard-a-toilet-seat-roll-holder-by-henry-franks/

Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
1 month ago

They've obviously never heard of the old adage "knees together, cheeks apart." ;)

Natalia
Community Member
1 month ago

So many questions...

Rose the Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

Awkward.

Pernille Dyre
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Serious?!!!!

Sue Hazlewood
Community Member
1 month ago

Eh?

kontrol pendek
Community Member
1 month ago

I cannot use this. Mine is too long....

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#8

The Almighty Toilet Throne

The Almighty Toilet Throne

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Stephanie Did It
Community Member
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
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1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month ago

At least flush, before taking a photo...