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
Community Member
1 year ago

Did someone shoot the wall with the Halo Needler?

NotMe
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1 year ago

Oh I loved that weapon in the game. This stairs though? No thanks.

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks cool but is a really terrible idea

Julie Peterson
Community Member
1 year ago

I love that the handrail is only a suggestion of a handrail.

Kimberley Thom
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1 year ago

a long stroke of a suggestion it looks like according to paint

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

There is no way in hell you would see me climbing those stairs.

Laugh Fan
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1 year ago

Are you invisible? 😜

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Peta_C
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1 year ago

Imagine climbing (or worse...descending) these stairs, drunk.

My O My
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1 year ago

You wouldn't have to descend because you couldn't climb them in the first place

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N G
Community Member
1 year ago

This looks cool

Peta_C
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1 year ago

Nice!

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iblowsheep
Community Member
1 year ago

that interior designer needs a punch in the throat

Mad Haberdasheress
Community Member
1 year ago

What mocking sorcery is this?! I have to hold the railing just walking down regular stairs!! This would be near instant death for me, lol.

Iggy
Community Member
1 year ago

For a teetotal gymnast's house only.

Rose Brien Harrington
Community Member
1 year ago

As the less than proud owner of two crocked knees that staircase makes my blood go cold.

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
1 year ago

Weight limit, 20 lbs. Must step in exact spot. No pets. Heck, just don’t use them.

TheExtremeSmell
Community Member
1 year ago

Idk kind of cool

Nhan tran
Community Member
1 year ago

i would climb it on fours, so no pizza upstair :(

Mya Lugar
Community Member
1 year ago

Who ya gonna call? , "Stair Busters"!!

Mona Khadra
Community Member
1 year ago

What the hell is wrong with ppl who make stairs like these. Are they not for walking up and down ?

Bacony
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

*step* *CRASHBASHSMACKCRUSHBASHSLICECRACKSTABCRASHMEOWCRACKCRUNCH*

R.s. Potter
Community Member
1 year ago

This would be shot down by a building inspector where I live. It doesn't in any way meet code.

Jhoa
Community Member
1 year ago

I imagine it's great against intruders. You'd get used to the unevenness; while the intruder would hopelessly trip and tumble.

Jesper Rasmussen
Community Member
1 year ago

Have a few drinks and head upstairs - and probably at least dislokate a shoulder when you fall off these “stairs”.

Alyeck Melendez Seda
Community Member
1 year ago

FUTURE >:)

Martha Meyer
Community Member
1 year ago

Notice how the “railing“ is only painted on too!

Hendra Lim
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1 year ago

i think, it's indented

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IvetaT
Community Member
1 year ago

i mean.. it kinda looks cool

Magpie
Community Member
1 year ago

It is an optical illusion these are actually shelves. ( badly designed and horrible shelves. I give in, now imma gonna have nightmares about these stairs )

Debster
Community Member
1 year ago

Everyone can see up your skirt. No thanks!

Cute_Angel
Community Member
1 year ago

My anxiety is at a high

Carol Taylor
Community Member
1 year ago

WHY? Just WHY?

Renato Spirano
Community Member
1 year ago

interesting concept...targeted steps to each foot ... if the steps comes from the wall and return with no use, it's a piece of art, actually

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
1 year ago

That's not...you can't...

NanZ
Community Member
1 year ago

What the hell? You couldn't pay me enough to try using them. They are ridiculous . Somebody has too much money and not enough brain to do that.

Lyop
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh hell no!!

Michael Michael
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

Imagine having to go up there drunk. Would be challenging as a Jump 'n' Run game

Lynne Darroch
Community Member
7 months ago

are we entirely sure that does not qualify as a ladder?

Kat833
Community Member
11 months ago

Holy...

Star McSnatch
Community Member
11 months ago

I'd honestly crawl up the stairs.

Amber Turk
Community Member
1 year ago

I love how there's no handrail. So avant garde.

Suzanne Dunne
Community Member
1 year ago

horrendous

Shinomi Chan
Community Member
1 year ago

Hardcore mode activated

Diana Hockley
Community Member
1 year ago

Downright dangerous.

AlanandLeila Hoyt
Community Member
1 year ago

They aren't all that dangerous. It's an illusion. The handrail is actually recessed into the wall. They were designed for a real person's home, upon request. Here is a link that tells you more: https://www.homecrux.com/incandescent-glass-staircase-with-eccentric-zigzag-treads/26018/

April Wells
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks more like a ladder but still pretty cool....for this space.

SomebodyNobody
Community Member
1 year ago

I would never even try to go upstairs.

Lucy Lou
Community Member
1 year ago

OMG & no handrail!

Jazmyn Wenger
Community Member
1 year ago

My mum would absolutely hate this but I actually love it. Sure, it's kind of dangerous but it looks so cool!

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
1 year ago

I can see the situation: sleep over, guest room is upstairs, the WC is downstairs, you “need to go” 03.30 after having two beers to many with the host.

Ahnnah Newell
Community Member
1 year ago

What if a big heavy person was to walk up those stairs?

Elimo Cordeiro
Community Member
1 year ago

This is not a bad design ... it is useful when you don't have a lot of ground clearance for the stairs ... is uses half of the space that the ordinary stairs uses. The original design preaches you to start (going up or downs) with the right foot. Check for “Santos Dumont Stairs”

Taffy Lindley
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL I've seen designs like this... they are for houses of singles or couples who like to party and have no children. Being a No-childer myself I kinda like it... But I won't wear heels descending after a night of partying... it must lead to a deck or rooftop lounge that isn't utilized on a daily living basis... You know, just like relaxing

Patrick Hayes
Community Member
1 year ago

this forces you to start with the left foot like a ships ladder, though it does not seem to be much of a space saver...Obviously not in the US. Look at the other stairs without a rail......

Debbie Lyn Jones (Deb)
Community Member
1 year ago

No.... just no.

proof that tony stark has a ❤️
Community Member
1 year ago

BRo those are so cool!!! You better be friggin grateful for those epic stairs

L McN
Community Member
1 year ago

Uh, do they retract?

Mazikeen Lebron
Community Member
1 year ago

wtf😯

Kikka io
Community Member
1 year ago

I think there's something unresolved here with his mother. or his father. or the dentist.

Joyce Plaate
Community Member
1 year ago

These are awesome! See them with the red light at #21.

Restless
Community Member
1 year ago

is that even legal?

Zaheen Muhammad
Community Member
1 year ago

I guess that's a just a design statement

Jigs Gabest
Community Member
1 year ago

how come?!?! hahaha

Lu
Community Member
1 year ago

Is that a hand rail or a painted guide?

Azure Adams
Community Member
1 year ago

I would fall down that all the time

Edwin Lesperance
Community Member
1 year ago

oh, that looks fun!

Jacques Lacroix
Community Member
1 year ago

I like it. You just have to start with the left foot. Midnight snack in the kitchen in the dark: not recommended though...

June Rittmeyer
Community Member
1 year ago

That would make a person think twice before coming downstairs to raid the fridge.

June Rittmeyer
Community Member
1 year ago

That would stop a person coming downstairs to raid the fridge!

Naomi Cline
Community Member
1 year ago

Try going up those stairs drunk!

Shashanna Prince
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a whole lotta' "hell no, I won't go" right there.

Sebastian Melmoth
Community Member
1 year ago

Classic example of “fashion over function”...still, it does look neat...just looks a little out of step (pun intended) with its surroundings

c Fuller
Community Member
1 year ago

Must be somewhere in Holland or Bruges.

StrawberryParfait
Community Member
1 year ago

That is not up to code.

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
1 year ago

Obviously there's a weight limit.

Tracy Moorhead
Community Member
1 year ago

Maybe it's for Cats!!!

Ethan Marhafer
Community Member
1 year ago

What is this!?

cybermerlin2000
Community Member
1 year ago

These stairs have been intentionally put out of line by the owner as when they are installed they are perfectly straight and parallel to each other

Chiranjeev Sharma
Community Member
1 year ago

You have to take first left foot up and then remaining is easy peacy!

Laura Pantazis
Community Member
1 year ago

Wait...and then there is a flight of steps UNDER those steps.

Tambot
Community Member
1 year ago

Tacky!

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
1 year ago

oh! HECK NO!

Mairlady
Community Member
1 year ago

Wtf?

未周 陸
Community Member
1 year ago

NOT even Safe Enough to be Shelves!

Janet Damiani
Community Member
1 year ago

No way

Richard Hawkes
Community Member
1 year ago

Thats not a set of stairs that's a level from a platformer....

danielw
Community Member
1 year ago

so, for challenge mode, do they turn the lights on and off so you can't see them?

Id row
Community Member
1 year ago

Hope they have good insurance.

AstronautCookie
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't drink alcohol, but just imagining being drunk and trying to make it to the top here...... well....

Blue Cicada
Community Member
1 year ago

How to ensure that your mother-in-law never bursts into your master suite bedroom.

Karen Lees
Community Member
1 year ago

Decoration

Adrienne Early
Community Member
1 year ago

I think they are trying to be "space saving" stairs, so it doesn't need so much of an angle.

Noah Campbell
Community Member
1 year ago

This is actually a cool design, but I don't think those are stairs. They are lights above the stairs. Look at the way they are made- in a normal home like this, you couldn't give the structural support to those to hold an avg. Person's wieghts. In addition to the 'rail' ending abruptly with the wall, you can see a set of real wood stairs right below these.

Slune
Community Member
1 year ago

I heard that it comes with insurance

Jaans
Community Member
1 year ago

When you want to be different....

Borednana
Community Member
1 year ago

Kids would love it, to me its a hazard.

egracec
Community Member
1 year ago

WTF?

Tim Huvane
Community Member
1 year ago

How???

Denise Mirto
Community Member
1 year ago

never

Bob Eckert
Community Member
1 year ago

Pure insanity.

Carson Skjerdal
Community Member
1 year ago

If you look there is a standard steps and then a weird layer back further. I assume this is for placing items or for oddity asthetics

Happiness is Hippo
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1 year ago

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Elsker
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1 year ago

Please don't have kids if you live here!

R L
Community Member
1 year ago

Or adults.

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Michelle Muirhead
Community Member
1 year ago

Too trendy to be safe!

R L
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

I wouldn't make it past the first stair.

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The Girl on Fire
Community Member
1 year ago

It's cool looking, but very impractical

Nary Vang
Community Member
1 year ago

I don't think I'd trust these stairs to support my weight. They'd shatter on me!

miaow
Community Member
1 year ago

Those are definitely stairs for a ghost !!

Ed Souza
Community Member
1 year ago

Designed by Bizarro.

Kjorn
Community Member
1 year ago

when going upstairs is an adventure

Xavier Wescott
Community Member
1 year ago

This architecture only works in movies or videogames!

A B C
Community Member
1 year ago

This one takes the cake... But on its way up to hide and eat it, it trips on the stairs, crashes into it and breaks its jaw. No cake for you, sunshine.

Doge
Community Member
1 year ago

Wow that's cool

happyjiggle
Community Member
1 year ago

That's a shitty photoshop job, pretty obvious if you look close at those fake stairs.

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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
Community Member
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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Arno Nüüm
Community Member
1 year ago

The most amazing thing is that they really went through with it all the way. You would think that at some point during the construction they would have been like "oh, this isn't gonna work", but no, they built the entire thing.

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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
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1 year ago

Somebody shuffled the blueprint levels

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#7

Stairs Of Death

Stairs Of Death

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A B C
Community Member
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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Jo Choto
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1 year ago

Parkour for wheelchairs?

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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
Community Member
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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Lordfucktard
Community Member
1 year ago

This is actually pretty common in England, drunk house parties become pretty eventful

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#15

My God

My God

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Vic
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1 year ago

This is a ladder that is a wannabe staircase

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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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Whawhawhatsis
Community Member
1 year ago

What's with stairs with no railing? Who thinks that's safe for a healthy adult, let alone a child or an older person whose balance isn't quite as good any more (i.e. me)?

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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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Edan Min
Community Member
1 year ago

Suffer now or later, you choose

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#18

These Sloping Stairs

These Sloping Stairs

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Jo Choto
Community Member
1 year ago

Why? WHY?

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#19

How To Break Your Bones

How To Break Your Bones

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Iggy
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1 year ago

My shins ache just looking at it!

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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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Samantha Mix
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like a water flow outlet

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#21

These Double Stairs

These Double Stairs

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Edan Min
Community Member
1 year ago

I wanna try it!! :)

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#22

These Stairs

These Stairs

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

Those are the blue ones from above but with red lights on.

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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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Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
1 year ago

Short People Unite!

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#24

These Stairs In Monaco

These Stairs In Monaco

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Shawn
Community Member
1 year ago

Are they braille?

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#25

These Stairs

These Stairs

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Vic
Community Member
1 year ago

Slide for kittys, the slope needs to be a bit smoother though..

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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miaow
Community Member
1 year ago

I'll take these stairs while sitting thanks. Looks so trippy!!!

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#32

The Stairs To Nowhere

The Stairs To Nowhere

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Dolicious
Community Member
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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Kathy Baylis
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Good place to hide your valuables. Though you’ll need to figure out a secret entrance; from the other side of the cabinet, or a way to move that stair. Just spitballing ideas here....

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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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SmittenKitten
Community Member
1 year ago

The sign..

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#38

Carpeted Stairs To Shower

Carpeted Stairs To Shower

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
1 year ago

how sweeet! no wait!.. eww

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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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