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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7 months ago

The toilet, having an existential crisis.

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Andrew Gibb
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7 months ago

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

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Sum Guy
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7 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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7 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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7 months ago

I can hear my toe sreaming

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7 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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7 months ago

Nothing wrong here, the guy is just too long.

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Jumilicious
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7 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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7 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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7 months ago

What even is going on here!! 🙁

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boredpanDaman
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7 months ago

the washmachine looks like its cheating on its relationship

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Man with nice beard
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7 months ago

Typical game glitch

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Olivier Caissy
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7 months ago

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

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Moo Moo
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7 months ago

I mean.....wtf is that

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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7 months ago

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

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Raine Soo
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7 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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7 months ago

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

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Tomas Holicka
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7 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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7 months ago

When your electrician and builder don't get along.

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Eliška Hůlková
Community Member
7 months ago

That looks haunted.

Hilary Mol
Community Member
7 months ago

It looks like what you'd imagine if someone described a bathroom like this as "the worst possible bathroom in the worst dive bar in the state."

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More Thinking Needed
Community Member
7 months ago

For anyone who is sh****g bricks

Hooked
Community Member
7 months ago

I must admit that I find this one very funny. Poorly executed but the idea is not bad

boredpanDaman
Community Member
7 months ago

reminds me of... somebody i used to knooow...

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Ember
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7 months ago

Camouflage at its finest

N G
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7 months ago

Hmm, where?

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Mohsie Supposie
Community Member
7 months ago

It is wallpaper. Look at the bottom left. It is peeling off. Also, the divide line in the middle.

Charlotte
Community Member
7 months ago

It's actually an impressive papering job around the cistern! No creases with those curves? Amazing. Awful, but amazing.

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Jelly the Bean
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7 months ago

I think they messed up on the new entrance to Diagon Alley...

Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
7 months ago

Is that a small doorknob on top of the tank cover?

Memere
Community Member
7 months ago

Goin' for that exposed brick look with cheap Contact paper!

Livvy
Community Member
7 months ago

What's happening with the lid?

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
7 months ago

Not another brick in the wall, that's for sure...

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Vicky Zar
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7 months ago

Hahahahaha

Slinkman
Community Member
7 months ago

Looks like texturing in old 3d video games

Couldnt_Find_A_Good_Name
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7 months ago

No words.

DangaTank
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5 months ago

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

DangaTank
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5 months ago

LoGiK

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Christy Smith
Community Member
7 months ago

Well that's ... ummm, different.

Lorrie Rothstein
Community Member
7 months ago

all and all itsjust anothertoilet built in the brick wall

Jacey Lynn
Community Member
7 months ago

Ew...what even is that....

Pascale Pierloot
Community Member
7 months ago

Claude had just discovered his own little niche market of blend-in toilets...mind you, there's some fine tuning to be done 🙃

Troy Parr
Community Member
7 months ago

At least this one is only wallpaper, rather than design or built badly.

A.J Milne
Community Member
7 months ago

Why is it smiling at me?

Mary Peace
Community Member
7 months ago

It's smiling at you because you can't do anything about it.

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Gamer GRL
Community Member
7 months ago

I just spit out my soda on my husband.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
7 months ago

Yes, I know, there's no law against bad taste.

alexandr fortfart
Community Member
7 months ago

prefect!

Todd Hollfelder
Community Member
7 months ago

That's a perfect toilet for the neighborhood drunk!

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
7 months ago

Only a demented mind would come up with that!

Jane Alexander
Community Member
7 months ago

Where's the paper holder?

Neal fy
Community Member
7 months ago

Sure...

Chocolate Lasanga
Community Member
7 months ago

whats happening thier exactly?

P Brixey
Community Member
7 months ago

Phortoshopped, the Bricks don't line up.

P Brixey
Community Member
7 months ago

Photoshopped, the bricks don't line up.

Anja Schmidt
Community Member
7 months ago

with ivy it would be somehow romantic - but the toilet seat ... uuuuuhhh ...

Sun Shine
Community Member
7 months ago

be one with your surroundings UWU

Giuseppe
Community Member
7 months ago

brickwork artistry that rivals ancient Roman aqueducts

Troy Currie
Community Member
7 months ago

Is that brick wallpaper wrapped soap on the small shelf???

Michael Capriola
Community Member
7 months ago

Clever, actually. I could live with that a whole lot better than some of the things I've seen here today.

Robert Bois le Duc
Community Member
7 months ago

All in all, you're just another brick in the wall........

Ranya Garcia
Community Member
7 months ago

Toilet? What toilet?

Hannah Marshall
Community Member
7 months ago

Went for the retro outhouse feel 😂

Cindy Jarrett
Community Member
7 months ago

Where are these places!?!

Marsha Sturgill
Community Member
7 months ago

Nice wallpaper.

Jewell Martin
Community Member
7 months ago

OMG. DIY gone wild.

Lisa Tetlow
Community Member
7 months ago

Someone likes contact paper...

elfin
Community Member
7 months ago

No need to s**t a brick. Plenty there already.

Edie Hart
Community Member
7 months ago

For a minute, I thought that was real bricks!

Richard Weiss
Community Member
7 months ago

It's the fabled "Brick Shithouse"!

MAKtheknife
Community Member
7 months ago

Really bad job of matching the wallpaper.

TexasWoman
Community Member
7 months ago

Gonna cover the rest?

Steven Meyer
Community Member
7 months ago

Were they trying to make the John look blended into the wall? And then they stopped halfway?

Beau Chevassus
Community Member
7 months ago

Years of playing video games has taught me to push on this wall.

Benski Trenkins
Community Member
7 months ago

At least they are consistent

James Phillips
Community Member
7 months ago

Sh*t with bricks

Ava Ribble
Community Member
7 months ago

i hate it so f-ing much

GalaxyZo
Community Member
7 months ago

i really kinda like that but my dad would not

7 Second Ninja
Community Member
7 months ago

That s the weirdest shaped toilet ever! It looks like it's curling it's lip ready to bite you.

Downunderdude
Community Member
7 months ago

Camouflush.

Yong-Sheng Lin
Community Member
7 months ago

wait, is that water tank some kind of optical illusion?

Aileen
Community Member
7 months ago

This is so unnecessary, Matt Benedetto might be taking notes.

Paityn Krummrich
Community Member
7 months ago

toilet is trying to blend in

Sawdust
Community Member
7 months ago

Somehow, this one is almost charming in a way.

Raven
Community Member
7 months ago

The Baskin-Robbins on 123 Oak Street's bathroom.

Lexi Mitchell
Community Member
7 months ago

It’s called fashion

Suzanne Clark
Community Member
7 months ago

Is this a fashion statement, somewhere in the world, not from around here?

Aimee Walker
Community Member
7 months ago

There's a lil ledge up in the corner for you to forget your phone on!

Sasha Kuleshov
Community Member
7 months ago

Ok...why?

Connor Lenzmeier
Community Member
7 months ago

uhh wheres the top part I don't see it anyone else? I just see a wall with a bottom part of a toilet.

Khavrinen
Community Member
7 months ago

It's a stealth toilet.

Marilyn Holt
Community Member
7 months ago

hahahahahaha!

(っ◔◡◔)っ im a domestic weeb
Community Member
7 months ago

i can feel my back being scratched but in a bad way

THOR
Community Member
7 months ago

there is a glitch in the center of the wall.

Lorelai Purvis
Community Member
7 months ago

who came up with this "let's make the toilet look like the wall!" "i dont think we should do that" "it'll be fine" it was not fine

Derek Liu
Community Member
7 months ago

Why? Just why?

M O'Connell
Community Member
7 months ago

Contac paper was on-sale. Apparently.

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Autumn
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7 months ago

This one's actually amusing... and for some reason it made me think of harry Potter....

Stephanie Did It
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7 months ago

In the Southern US they say "she was built like a brick sh*thouse" and now I finally see it

Kisses4Katie
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh yeah!

Kate Nelson
Community Member
7 months ago

Oh good god

Raven Sheridan
Community Member
7 months ago

WTF!?

Anna2010
Community Member
7 months ago

oh my god that is cursed

Becky Moore
Community Member
7 months ago

This really upsets me. Whhyyyyy?

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7 months ago

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

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

Let's make it a flat-screen tv!

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Sian Edwards
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7 months ago

This apartment comes with its own abstract art installation!

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boredpanDaman
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7 months ago

oh dear Lord!

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M.A.D.
Community Member
7 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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7 months ago

There are times when my brain feels like that.

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Hooked
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7 months ago

"Fixed the roof boss !"

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Bron
Community Member
7 months ago

Someone wants to teach him to sit to pee I guess

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Purr·maid
Community Member
7 months ago

Get a room.

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7 months ago

kill this...

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Raine Soo
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7 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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7 months ago

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

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7 months ago

Multifunctional.

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Thenatural
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7 months ago

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

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Jitka Svobodová
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7 months ago

To sit in the shower and weep

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boredpanDaman
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7 months ago

oh gross!

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7 months ago (edited)

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

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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7 months ago

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

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Asep Sofian
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7 months ago

An attempt was made.

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Olivier Caissy
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7 months ago

At least it’s not elevated.

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