Good design is all about putting the user first. If the customer can’t make sense of the design and if their every single move is impeded by the bad decisions that the designers and builders made—we’ve got a serious problem. Sometimes these problems all come down to bad craftsmanship, shoddy design, and unaesthetic, hurried, and impractical shortcuts that builders take without a care in the world.

The ‘Typical Rykozhop’ Instagram page documents how some homeowners have to live with utterly ugly, just plain bad, and downright dangerous interior design decisions. Scroll down to see the best of the worst, upvote the pics you wouldn’t touch with a ten-foot pole, and let us know in the comments if there’s anything similar in your own homes, dear Pandas.

Bored Panda reached out to Tim Antoniuk, an Associate Professor of Design Studies at the University of Alberta, to hear his take about where most of the responsibility falls, whether on the designer in charge of the vision or the builders who turn it into reality. Antoniuk explained that it's up to the designer to ensure that their project (which means their client's project) turns out well. The focus should be on the clarity of the designs so that the intent is communicated without any 'fuzziness.' "Certainly, this is frustrating and it puts extra pressure on the designer, but everything, in my view, rests in the designer's hand. This is why some of the most outstanding designers in the world have such a deep knowledge of materials, manufacturing processes, of the problems that can happen during installation."

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

The toilet, having an existential crisis.

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Andrew Gibb
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4 months ago

the smell of mothballs isn't the worst smell coming out of that wardrobe

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4 months ago

Living on the edge

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Antoniuk said that it's the designer who has to provide clarity and foresee at least some of the possible issues when it comes to the actual building and the interior design: "It's hard, but that's why the best designers get paid so well for their outstanding work. They do great design/aesthetic work, but they also create efficiencies and they foresee and spot (some) problems from happening." 

The Associate Professor highlighted that some things will go wrong, no matter how much we plan for them. What's more, the builders have to be on the designer's side, too, but the latter still shoulders most of the burden. "Many jobs can not just stop because a designer is not onsite or is not able to be reached. That said, builders need to honor the designer's vision, but again, if there is 'fuzziness' in the drawings or plans, decisions will be made by people that we may not want to make them."

On a very practical level, ensuring that builders follow through with the designer's vision comes down to communication, doing "great drawings and visuals," and becoming "exceptionally well educated" in the field of construction. "We exist in a field that is ever-changing with the introduction of new materials, new construction requirements, and restrictions," Antoniuk said.

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nanashi
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4 months ago (edited)

I'm deeply sorry for the person who had to live in a house like this. it must have not been their choice but desperation is painful.

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Man with nice beard
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4 months ago

I can hear my toe sreaming

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4 months ago

I have a few questions...

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He also stressed the importance of creating honest relationships based on mutual respect. "It is simple to say, but communication and having an outstanding relationship with the builder is critically important. At 'Architure,' we constantly visit and hang-out with the Trades. We like to talk with the people that have 'boots-on-the-ground.' These are the people that are literally building our products and spaces. If you piss these guys off, treat them poorly, or don't communicate well, they can ruin a project. It may sound flippant, but we see these people as our partners."

In a previous interview with Bored Panda, Antoniuk also spoke about the differences between good and bad design. He said that there are, objectively, such things as good and bad interior and furniture design decisions—it’s not just about our subjective tastes.

However, our tastes are important, too, as they can create gray and blurry areas between what’s considered to be quality and, well, not. Though, I think, hardly anyone would mix up anything shown in this list with something that’s tasteful.

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Slinkman
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4 months ago

Nothing wrong here, the guy is just too long.

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Jumilicious
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4 months ago

Don't be fooled people! This is just one of those hyperrealistic cakes looking like a washing machine.

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Jumilicious
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4 months ago

After taking a relaxing dump you can dive head first into your bubble bath whilst simultaneously cooking dinner for your loved ones. I see no downsides here.

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In Antoniuk’s opinion, we can all intuitively sense what good design is and isn’t. "Quite often, this relates to ergonomics and the usability or functionality of the products and services and systems. Having said that, I think far too many people expect poor design that doesn’t really work well," he said.

It’s not all just doom and gloom, however. Antoniuk highlighted that creating high-quality design that is objectively good is a skill that can be learned; just like people can learn the wrong skills and make bad design decisions. Naturally, this suggests that we have to unlearn bad skills before learning the right ones.

For Antoniuk, good design is “intuitive, [...] deeply sympathetic and empathetic to the user at all levels, and at some level, it is emotional,” just like Dieter Rams laid out in his principles of good design. “It is a catalyst for giving us feelings,” Antoniuk said about design.

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Meghan Marie
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4 months ago

What even is going on here!! 🙁

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boredpanDaman
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4 months ago

the washmachine looks like its cheating on its relationship

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4 months ago

Typical game glitch

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Olivier Caissy
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4 months ago

It would have been better with a hole in the doorframe.

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Moo Moo
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4 months ago

I mean.....wtf is that

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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4 months ago

Yeah, sure, I'll just cut off my left shoulder.

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

Well, that defeats the purpose of a drain. Someone did the same thing to my neighbourhood supermarket parking lot. The water runs right by the drain and onto the sidewalk.

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Jumilicious
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4 months ago

Somehow I thought I was looking at nougat for a sec...

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Tomas Holicka
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4 months ago

So the monster in the closet can turn on the light whenever it feels scared?

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Raven Sheridan
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4 months ago

When your electrician and builder don't get along.

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Eliška Hůlková
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4 months ago

That looks haunted.

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ME
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4 months ago

um..........thats not how it works

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

Let's make it a flat-screen tv!

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Sian Edwards
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4 months ago

This apartment comes with its own abstract art installation!

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boredpanDaman
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4 months ago

oh dear Lord!

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M.A.D.
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4 months ago

Remember when Indiana Jones had to pick the Holy Grail among many fake ones?

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Dr Nostromo
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4 months ago

There are times when my brain feels like that.

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Hooked
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4 months ago

"Fixed the roof boss !"

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Bron
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4 months ago

Someone wants to teach him to sit to pee I guess

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Purr·maid
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4 months ago

Get a room.

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4 months ago

kill this...

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Raine Soo
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4 months ago

I thought that the days of hanging tapestry on the wall were over.

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Julia Atkinson
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4 months ago

Ivan: "Boris, clear a pathway to the steps. " *half a bottle of vodka later* Boris: "Finished!"

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4 months ago

Multifunctional.

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Thenatural
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4 months ago

Just seen what you've done today mate....don't come in tomorrow

Paul Davies
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4 months ago

No problem. Just cut some tiles to fit!

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boredpanDaman
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4 months ago (edited)

they thought the room had all strict 90° angles so they'll meet in the middle. same problem, with less damage, you face when you buy carpet for the whole room; rarely angles are 90° sharp

Me Again
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4 months ago

This guy needs to practise on his Tetris.

Zoe's Mom
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

This is what happens when A). You hire someone who calls themselves a 'handyman' or B). You don't have the funds to hire a professional and think it should be easy to DIY. Edit: No disrespect to handyman-they are many who know what they are doing but anyone can call themselves a handyman so beware.

Lucas
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4 months ago (edited)

In the UK, as in many countries I expect, you pick someone by looking them up via their trade body. For gas it has to be Gas Safe but for electrical work it can be NICEIC, NAPIT etc and the companies monitor the work and training standards of their members. There are similar for roofers and tilers. Recommendations can be good if the person knows how to judge the work done - tiling is usually obvious but things like electrical work and plumbing bar 'it works and looks okay' people often don't know if it meets building regulations. So the moral of the tale is use trade bodies to source your tradesperson if your country has them.

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Zophra
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4 months ago

Teamwork... did not work out well.

Erik Granqvist
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4 months ago

Hope that they did not pay whoever in advance

Ricky Moore
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4 months ago

Many hands make light work......oh, hang on.....

Frances Mccloud
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4 months ago

Lol

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Kathryn Baylis
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4 months ago

To be fair, it IS a room with odd shapes along the walls. Maybe smaller tiles would’ve worked better—-given more possibilities of workarounds for those weird angles, maybe? Oh, AND better measuring and planning before you started laying them?

Marta Dyrgała
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4 months ago

NOOOOOOOOOO! 😱

Craymoss
Community Member
4 months ago

Someone never played Tetris..

CharliAnn Olney
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4 months ago

There are simply no words for this. My Contractor Son would have a STROKE!

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
4 months ago

When your tiler failed second grade math.

🥵🤬🥰your.local.sweetheart🥰
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4 months ago

i will murderize whoever did this >:|

Luuta
Community Member
4 months ago

someone clearly didn't think this through

Eric Herrera
Community Member
4 months ago

Tangrams.

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
4 months ago

Don't ever ask me to do the math.

co1015
Community Member
4 months ago

Go home. You’re drunk.

James Phillips
Community Member
4 months ago

I'll send out for these.

7 Second Ninja
Community Member
4 months ago

WTVF?

mummy pig
Community Member
4 months ago

WHO THE HELL DOES THIS???? THEY SHOULD GO TO HELL!!!!

Sawdust
Community Member
4 months ago

It probably looked better when the guy was imagining in it in his head.

d bradley
Community Member
4 months ago

boss told him to line them up by starting in the corner. i'd blame it on the guy that put up the walls

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
4 months ago

Not even I would f*ck it up XP

Tugg Ster
Community Member
4 months ago

How does someone look at this and think "yeah, we're good here."

Lu
Community Member
4 months ago

They forgot to grout it, that’s all.

Carmen Flores
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4 months ago

Yeah, lots and lots and lots of grout..

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Smoo Thie
Community Member
4 months ago

The floor is lava

tinker bell
Community Member
4 months ago

well that one way to stubb your toe

Demon Child
Community Member
4 months ago

When you spent so much time that you won’t start over again and just improvise

Pascale Pierloot
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4 months ago

Dad keeping busy during Covid 19 lockdown?

Ann Golub
Community Member
4 months ago

How else can it be done if the angles in the room are not 90 degress???

Sue Sanders
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks way too familiar.

Steven Meyer
Community Member
4 months ago

The installer did not take trigonometry classes

Downunderdude
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4 months ago

Love yer work

Persp Gold
Community Member
4 months ago

why tangrams is an important skill to learn early

Yong-Sheng Lin
Community Member
4 months ago

what happens when you don't pay attention in geometry class

shinshige
Community Member
4 months ago

Ok, but why are the top two cut back? And the mitres at the bottom?

Hollysmom
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4 months ago

Why did they even bother?

Romeo Wells
Community Member
4 months ago

this is painful

Earl Grey
Community Member
4 months ago

Which side won in the end?

Gyro Pilot
Community Member
4 months ago

I recommend a sanded grout, grey colour

Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
4 months ago

OCD nightmare! Actually, you don't even need OCD to see this as a nightmare!

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Jitka Svobodová
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4 months ago

To sit in the shower and weep

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boredpanDaman
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4 months ago

oh gross!

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troufaki13
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4 months ago (edited)

How do we sleep when the beds are burning 🎼🎵🎶

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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4 months ago

That's russian for "high five for stupid solutions".

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Asep Sofian
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4 months ago

An attempt was made.

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Olivier Caissy
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4 months ago

At least it’s not elevated.

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