As far as home designs go, stairs are ones that you want to get right. Any flaw in the execution could lead to an embarrassing trip or, even worse, a serious fall.

We are so used to walking up and down stairways all day every day, that we don't even think to look if everything is in order. These truly horrific stair designs, collected in a list by Bored Panda, are on another level. Poorly planned, dangerous, and maybe even deadly, after seeing them, you might want to look twice before you take your next step!

Seriously, how these design fails even came to live? Scroll down to check out the very worst staircases you'll ever see, and take care out there!

#1

Not A Good Carpet Choice For Stairs If You Ask Me

Not A Good Carpet Choice For Stairs If You Ask Me

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Nianudd
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1 year ago

There's stairs?

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Are you ready for some scintillating stair facts? Of course you are! With thanks to StepJockey, here are a few things about home improvement that you might not have known.

  • Stair climbing is officially classed as a ‘vigorous exercise’ and burns more calories per minute than jogging
  • Stair climbing requires 8-9 times more energy expenditure than sitting and burns about 7 times more calories than taking a lift
  • You burn about 0.17 calories for every step you climb, so you burn roughly a calorie and a half for every 10 upward steps
  • You also burn calories going down. Every stair descended burns about 0.05 calories, so you burn 1 calorie for every 20 steps down
#2

I've Seen Some Crappy Stairs, But This One Takes The Cake

I've Seen Some Crappy Stairs, But This One Takes The Cake

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Inten Rael
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1 year ago

Did someone shoot the wall with the Halo Needler?

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#3

When You Let Satan Choose The Carpet

When You Let Satan Choose The Carpet

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MeggersTheFox
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1 year ago

Not even Satan would do this, are there any eviler demons?

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  • For buildings with five floors or less, it’s nearly always quicker to take the stairs. Studies show office workers save up to 15 minutes a day by taking the stairs.
  • As well as guarding against heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some cancers, stair climbing releases endorphins that produce feelings of wellbeing.
  • Just 7 minutes stair climbing a day has been estimated to more than half the risk of a heart attack over 10 years.
  • Stair climbing cuts carbon emissions. By ditching the lift in a typical office you will save between 0.3 and 0.6 Kg of Co2 a day.
  • Professional skiers often climb stairs to keep competition-fit. Many models do the same to keep their legs toned for the catwalk.
#4

Camouflage 101

Camouflage 101

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Why is the last stair not carpeted, that makes no sense??

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#5

Built The Staircase Exactly As Designed, Boss

Built The Staircase Exactly As Designed, Boss

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

The picture clearly shows a railing, how did the person making the stairs think they would be putting that in?

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  • Climbing stairs is a classic ‘short burst’ exercise and ideal for the time-poor. The biggest variable in stair climbing is your weight. The heavier you are, the more calories you burn.
  • Other variables affecting calorie burn while stair climbing include the angle of the stairs, your sex, climbing speed, age and general fitness.
  • You burn more calories climbing stairs in high heels.
  • It’s a myth that climbing stairs two at a time burns more calories. More energy is expended over time by taking things slowly.
  • The greatest height reached climbing stairs in 12 hours was 33,000 feet by Chris Solarz of Philadelphia, USA. Solarz climbed 58,080 stairs.
  • The 19th century is regarded by many as the golden era of stair construction. In the 20th century architects gave prominence to lifts.
#6

Stairs That Lead To Nowhere

Stairs That Lead To Nowhere

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

Somebody shuffled the blueprint levels

Edan Min
Community Member
1 year ago

It's for the flying cars!

Zenozenobee
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1 year ago

My, they are sooo late! I was waiting for flying cars to hit the game somewhere around 2000's. Where are our flying cars (and hoverbords btw)?

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Zoe Drake
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1 year ago

They lead to death

SmittenKitten
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1 year ago

Stairs that lead to heaven...

Mad Haberdasheress
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1 year ago

. . .the moment you step off the bottom step!😶

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Susan Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

yes they do, they lead to DEATH

The Cappy
Community Member
1 year ago

Location please, or it's photoshop ;)

Aly Matthews
Community Member
1 year ago

This is in Vancouver, BC. 1133 Hornby St. Some dingus architect thought this facade would make the building cool.

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Colin Leetham
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1 year ago

I have so many questions...

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

For when tenement life becomes too much?

elise breedveld
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1 year ago

what if someone actually walked down ._.

Arno Nüüm
Community Member
1 year ago

That's attempted murder.

Jacey Lynn
Community Member
1 year ago

Hope I don’t accidentally walk on those...thinking I’m going somewhere

Alyeck Melendez Seda
Community Member
1 year ago

Only three words, WTF!!!

Anne
Community Member
1 year ago

Can you sit on them? because it would be a cool place to sit with a cup of coffee and just people watch

UndyingBisexual
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1 year ago

It really would be.

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Edwin Lesperance
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1 year ago

For gentle suicides.

UndyingBisexual
Community Member
1 year ago

I actually choked on my water that comment made me laugh way too hard

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Magpie
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1 year ago

They took away part of the building ?

Gabriel Sbárbaro
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1 year ago

What do you mean "nowhere"??? They lead to you dead!!! Or at least to a serious injury!!!

K C
Community Member
1 year ago

Wrong, they lead to your death

Mochi
Community Member
1 year ago

They lead to the grave.

Ivana
Community Member
1 year ago

Reminds me of a few nightmares I have had in the past.

SirPatTheCat
Community Member
1 year ago

Winchester, who?

Miss_Olivia
Community Member
1 year ago

The last step you will take

Miraculous Ladybug Fan Ladyblog lover
Community Member
11 months ago

Great for sneaking out. Get a really long rope and tie it really really really really untieably well to the metal stuff and then go down and up on it. - I take no responsibility for any death caused by this idea -

Eva Zaqqum
Community Member
1 year ago

That's cool. :D are there also the doors?

Laci
Community Member
1 year ago

seems hazardous

Aasha Rooks [STUDENT]
Community Member
1 month ago

sometimes I like sliding down the stairs and if I ever got drunk when I was sliding down the stairs this would have ended very poorly for me

Raphael Surber
Community Member
7 months ago

I guess the pool beneath went missing

Kartik Shah
Community Member
1 year ago

They lead straight to hell I'd say

Valerie Harris
Community Member
1 year ago

To be fair, they do lead somewhere.....you're just not going to like it.

unagi
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1 year ago

well you can't say that it does not lead somewhere. ground is also a place.

Amber Turk
Community Member
1 year ago

Stairway to heaven. Walk outside, and you're there.

Lenny Vos-Groenendijk
Community Member
1 year ago

Not even to heaven?

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
1 year ago

Hello Death! (Or at the very least serious injury)

UndyingBisexual
Community Member
1 year ago

It would be really cool to be able to sit on those stairs and read, I imagine it would be peaceful

Cra-Z cat lady
Community Member
1 year ago

I'd be the person that keeps going and falls off the end.

Cra-Z cat lady
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1 year ago

I would be the person that keeps walking not realizing what is happening

Brittany Forrester
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1 year ago

looks like they lifted the lower level up

Nena Capodiferro
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeah, they lead to death

Ayur Hope
Community Member
1 year ago

way to heaven

beezel Palomar
Community Member
1 year ago

Last step needs you to have a lot of faith.

SomebodyNobody
Community Member
1 year ago

Did they just not wanna build all the way down?

Ashley Arias
Community Member
1 year ago

Very forward thinking. This is perfect for when sea levels rise so much that this becomes New Venice.

Ashley Arias
Community Member
1 year ago

This design will seem genius when the big blizzards hit and people can just walk out onto the snow instead of tunnelling out.

Ashley Arias
Community Member
1 year ago

This design will be genius when blizzards dumping a foot of snow every hour come. Or when sea level rises high enough to turn the city into new Venice.

Crusin Sandi
Community Member
1 year ago

I kind of like it - sitting on the stairs, legs swinging in the breeze, watching the people go by

Debbie
Community Member
1 year ago

huh?

Jennifer Sacrison
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Am I the only one singing "stairs to nowhere leads to me" In the tune of Ozzy's "Road to nowhere" based on the title of this post??

Jennifer Sacrison
Community Member
1 year ago

Am I the only one sing Stairs to nowhere leads to me?? In the tune of Ozzy's "Road to nowhere "??

Joann Councell
Community Member
1 year ago

huh????

Smallstudio
Community Member
1 year ago

These are art sculptures of staircases, not functional (nor accessible) ... part of a larger public art piece allude to a metaphorical "story". The "ADDITION”: award winning design firm => Henriquez & Partners, Architecture Vancouver, BC (completed -2017), a 20-storey condo tower beside the 1915-built Murray Hotel, acts as its "addition”. Developer Kenstone Properties invested over $1 million to preserve & restore the historic site. Original public artwork by Richard Henriquez, “A Tribute to Duchamp” (in lobby & exterior), an homage to ”Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2”, folded-steel stair design elements; a 2storey tall art piece spans 8m (26ft) across lobby from exterior, bridges public & private realms while offering a vibrant visual display for residents & visitors .. these fictional stairs give illusion of 3 walk up townhouses suspended in levitation over entry lobby. All very eye catching & draws tourists' attention. Glad it captured yours. VIVAVancouver!

Cynthia Kerman
Community Member
1 year ago

They lead to your death.

Jac Cruickshank
Community Member
1 year ago

that last step down is a doozy

Rose Fagan
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG! Very scary!

Jo Browne
Community Member
1 year ago

Watch that last step ...it's a doozy

Kikka io
Community Member
1 year ago

and the one above is the catwalk for the mutineers. a hoot for the designer to explain everything to the owner.

Hendra Lim
Community Member
1 year ago

it's not stairs to nowhere, it's stairs to your demise

Paul Chang
Community Member
1 year ago

Wtf.

Zaheen Muhammad
Community Member
1 year ago

Fresh air on the death stair!

Jigs Gabest
Community Member
1 year ago

the place where people who do parkour lives. lol

Lu
Community Member
1 year ago

And yet they went ahead and built it...

Brenda Pereira
Community Member
1 year ago

WTH?

Christine Faucette
Community Member
1 year ago

That last step is a doozy. Beware to anyone drunk, high or in possession of a cell phone.

Kimberley Thom
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like special entries for burglars

Kenneth V. Jørgensen
Community Member
1 year ago

If you want to fly the last few metres down onto the ground, these stairs would be perfect. Well, really ... ??

Calum Sanderson
Community Member
1 year ago

No joke I'd sit on those steps.

Manish Lakhani
Community Member
1 year ago

yes they didn't want to reach anywhere but to the hell :D

Norma Williamson
Community Member
1 year ago

what if you sleep walked...

Sherry Harvey
Community Member
1 year ago

Suicide stairs!

Esther Evans
Community Member
1 year ago

That last step is a killer....

Susi Moffitt
Community Member
1 year ago

Nowhere but dead!

Roger Nehring
Community Member
1 year ago

They lead somewhere; to death.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
1 year ago

"The bottom step is a doozy!"

Mairlady
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1 year ago

Only in Europe?

Roger Hawcroft
Community Member
1 year ago

Suicide alley

Cute_Angel
Community Member
1 year ago

Death trap

Lance Corey
Community Member
1 year ago

They lead to a couple of broken bones.

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Watch that last step, it's a doozy.

Kioh81
Community Member
1 year ago

Whyyyyyyy???

Moezarella
Community Member
1 year ago

oh it leads somewhere...to deaths.

Batwench
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like the Ghostbusters HQ next door.

lumpy
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s an intentional, architectural joke. Not saying it’s a *good* joke (probably a dangerous joke), but it’s *supposed* to leave you going *wtf?*

Cathy Carey
Community Member
1 year ago

Why didn't they take them down?

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

They didn't pay the rent.The others have slides.

Premnath Kudva
Community Member
1 year ago

Must belong to a villain in a Bond movie.

Isa
Community Member
1 year ago

You mean the stairs that lead to your death?

Maria Hung
Community Member
1 year ago

Exit with caution. Or with parachute

Mya Lugar
Community Member
1 year ago

No good for families with small childen..or short legs...or any sense..

Fusion
Community Member
1 year ago

Welcome to the future, with these stair, you can goes down faster than using lift

Steven Rundle
Community Member
1 year ago

When you give the client what they asked for, not what they wanted.

SnowWolf
Community Member
1 year ago

Hogwarts

CbusResident
Community Member
1 year ago

These actually look so cool though, someone should just add ladders! Or jetpacks!

Monika Soffronow
Community Member
1 year ago

Why?

Bob Eckert
Community Member
1 year ago

Watch out for the last step, it'll be your last.

NJM
Community Member
1 year ago

Emergency exit

Just saying
Community Member
1 year ago

Lawsuit waiting to happen?

Nicola Morley
Community Member
1 year ago

Building next door looks like the ghostbusters hq for the movie of the same name

Bill
Community Member
1 year ago

Did they run out of money? Thestairs are blocked

Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
1 year ago

Death traps!

Summer Woodsong
Community Member
1 year ago

in case of high water?

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago

We’re those units originally meant to be on the ground floor, but someone added retail space there and forgot to erase the front steps from the blueprints?

miaow
Community Member
1 year ago

isnt that a hazard? o_O

Ed Souza
Community Member
1 year ago

Suicide apartment.

glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

They look like something out of a cartoon. I can just about hear the falling sound effects.

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

it led to death

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe it’s a rain thing?

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#7

Stairs Of Death

Stairs Of Death

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A B C
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1 year ago

It's always the nicest-looking things that are satanic

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  • Now, with the emergence of ‘active design’, architects are once again making stairs more prominent.
  • Many scientific studies show that simple stair prompts significantly increase stair usage. One trick is simply to point-out ‘hidden’ stairs
  • The longest stairway listed by the Guiness Book of Records is the service stairway for the Niesenbahn funicular railway near Spiez, Switzerland. It has 11,674 steps and a round trip would burn over 3,000 calories.
  • Going down stairs burns fewer calories but works and tones different muscles and joints. It’s also good for balance and coordination.
  • The Roman architect Vitruvius established the first guidelines for the stair in the first century B.C, suggesting a 37 degree pitch. Most stairs are not dramatically different today.

So what are you waiting for? Forget the lift, take a few deep breaths and get climbing!

#8

Extreme Wheelchairing

Extreme Wheelchairing

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

Handi-stairs..

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#9

In Case Of Fire Use Stairs, They Said. Do Not Use Elevators, They Said

In Case Of Fire Use Stairs, They Said. Do Not Use Elevators, They Said

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nanashi
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I'm reminded of the story about a certain serial killer who designed a house with dead ends to kill his guests and sell them as cadaver, and I think this might be one of the feature of that house.

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#10

Almost Broke My Leg

Almost Broke My Leg

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SmittenKitten
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1 year ago

I mean, why though?

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#11

You Don't Have To Be Drunk To Fall Down These Stairs

You Don't Have To Be Drunk To Fall Down These Stairs

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Dilly Millandry
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1 year ago

You probably have to be drunk to navigate them safely!

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#12

These Stairs At A Movie Theatre

These Stairs At A Movie Theatre

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Oquendo Kimbrough
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1 year ago

Whoever designed this is an idiot!

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#13

These Aren’t Stairs. They Are Decorative Waterfalls. My Friend Walked Into Them And Slipped, I Laughed My Ass Off

These Aren’t Stairs. They Are Decorative Waterfalls. My Friend Walked Into Them And Slipped, I Laughed My Ass Off

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Shouldn't there be some kind of warning sign or railing to keep people from making that mistake?

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#14

This Flight Of Stairs Outside A Door Is Death Waiting To Happen

This Flight Of Stairs Outside A Door Is Death Waiting To Happen

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troufaki13
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1 year ago

Whoever designed this must surely hate people.

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#15

My God

My God

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ZombieGirl
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1 year ago

No railing to help out at least? Oof, lol

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#16

For When You Want A Near Death Experience Every Time You Use The Stairs

For When You Want A Near Death Experience Every Time You Use The Stairs

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MeggersTheFox
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1 year ago

I can feel the panic of accidentally kicking over a mug in my bones

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#17

If You Choose To Go On The Left, On The Ramp, Because You Have A Bike Or Stroller, Then You Will Encounter A Step Later. But If You Choose Stairs Then You Will Encounter A Ramp After The Stairs

If You Choose To Go On The Left, On The Ramp, Because You Have A Bike Or Stroller, Then You Will Encounter A Step Later. But If You Choose Stairs Then You Will Encounter A Ramp After The Stairs

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Design fail 101

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#18

These Sloping Stairs

These Sloping Stairs

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Edan Min
Community Member
1 year ago

It would have been better if the right photo was the front view and the left photo was the view from the top of the stairs haha

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#19

How To Break Your Bones

How To Break Your Bones

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The Cute Cat
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1 year ago

But its pretty..

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#20

Man This Hill Is Just Too Steep. Hold On A Sec While I Take The Stairs

Man This Hill Is Just Too Steep. Hold On A Sec While I Take The Stairs

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Miklós Nagy
Community Member
1 year ago

Seems like a studycase of stolen taxpayer money.

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#21

These Double Stairs

These Double Stairs

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janke Leroij
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1 year ago

fast lane

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#22

These Stairs

These Stairs

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troufaki13
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1 year ago

What the hell???

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#23

These Stairs Must Be For Pets And Children Only

These Stairs Must Be For Pets And Children Only

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Edan Min
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1 year ago

When you need to maximize the second floor but have to crawl to even get there

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#24

These Stairs In Monaco

These Stairs In Monaco

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Shawn
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1 year ago

Are they braille?

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#25

These Stairs

These Stairs

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Dolicious
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1 year ago

Let´s call it art?!

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#26

These Stairs In A College I Visited Had People Confused...

These Stairs In A College I Visited Had People Confused...

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Why not just one railing in the middle of the stairs?

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#27

These Stairs In My Sisters House Are A Joy To Use

These Stairs In My Sisters House Are A Joy To Use

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A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

Psh, the price the carpenter offers for these stairs is too damn high. Susan, hold my beer, I'ma gonna build'em maself.

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#28

Someone Directed Us To These Stairs When We Were Lost

Someone Directed Us To These Stairs When We Were Lost

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Edan Min
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1 year ago

Coz you have to stop and think maybe

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#29

These Stairs In A Residence Hall When I Was In College. Always Creeped Me Out

These Stairs In A Residence Hall When I Was In College. Always Creeped Me Out

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Dean Terry
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1 year ago

Go to the the light Carol Ann!

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#30

These Stairs Are 1ft/30cm High

These Stairs Are 1ft/30cm High

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe someone really tall lives there?

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#31

The One Stair Slightly Shifted To The Side

The One Stair Slightly Shifted To The Side

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Edan Min
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1 year ago

More like the 79 stairs slightly shifted to the side of the one before it

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#32

The Stairs To Nowhere

The Stairs To Nowhere

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Dolicious
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1 year ago

Add chair and table = stairwell observation platform :)

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#33

You Win This Time, Stairs...

You Win This Time, Stairs...

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miaow
Community Member
1 year ago

so sad!! o_O

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#34

These Stairs...

These Stairs...

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Heather Coburn
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1 year ago

Why the long face?

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#35

Terrible Floor To See The Depth Of The Stairs

Terrible Floor To See The Depth Of The Stairs

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Dilly Millandry
Community Member
1 year ago

Seizure causing flooring...

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#36

Space Saving Stairs

Space Saving Stairs

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Shawn
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1 year ago

What space did they save?

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#37

Let Them All Fall From Those Stairs

Let Them All Fall From Those Stairs

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

Stairs by Ikea

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#38

Carpeted Stairs To Shower

Carpeted Stairs To Shower

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Daria Z
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1 year ago

Eww, noo!

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#39

Nearly Died Carrying A Box Down These Basement Stairs

Nearly Died Carrying A Box Down These Basement Stairs

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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

I lived in a place that had similar stairs. Amazingly enough, your legs/feet do eventually pick up the rhythm and oddities of the stairs.

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#40

Stairs Leading To Nowhere At My School

Stairs Leading To Nowhere At My School

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Dilly Millandry
Community Member
1 year ago

Someone put that barrier up after the stairs were built... meh.

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