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
Community Member
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

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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
Community Member
1 year ago

Whoever designed this must surely hate people.

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#15

My God

My God

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ZombieGirl
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
1 year ago

fast lane

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#22

These Stairs

These Stairs

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troufaki13
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
1 year ago

Are they braille?

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#25

These Stairs

These Stairs

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Dolicious
Community Member
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
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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Edan Min
Community Member
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
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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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
Community Member
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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