137 Epic Stair Design Fails That May Result In Some Serious Injuries (New Pics)

I think it’s only fair to agree on one simple thing. If an indoor space, or an outdoor one, for that matter, has a stairway, however long or short, it should serve its function. First, it should bring us up and down at least one level and second, it should be safe. That’s the bare minimum, right?

But it turns out, some stair designers out there have had their minds spun by invisible hamsters on a wheel. Right below, it becomes very clear why. You see, if the stairs cost you a potentially immeasurable amount of broken legs, you’d be better off without them.

Bored Panda has compiled the most absurd cases of stair designs gone very wrong that make a ladder look like a premium lift in comparison. My popcorn is ready, how about you?

#1 They Built This School Like One Month Ago

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#2 I Think My Stairs Fit Here

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#3 Steps That You Can’t See

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#4 No Broken Legs I Know Of

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#5 That’s How I Broke My Leg

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#6 These Stairs In My In-Laws’ Summerhouse. We Have Parties Here So Going Down These Stairs Drunk Is A Challenge

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#7 I Saw This At My School

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#8 Access For Wheelchairs On These Stairs

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#9 I Present To You Jeans Stairs Or Jairs

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#10 Not A Paradox, Just A Normal Russian Architecture

#11 I Can See Why Someone Wanted To Fix This

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#12 You Have To Go Up The Stairs, And Then Down The Stairs To Get To The Door

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#13 Found This Beauty At My Local College

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#14 A Staircase At My Uni

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#15 Don’t Think The Owner Of This Hotel Thought This Through

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#16 These Stairs Carpeted With A Pattern That Makes It Hard To See The Edge

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#17 An Alternate Path For Disabled With… Steps

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#18 Escalator/Stairs Combo

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#19 Imagine Being Drunk

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#20 The “Extra” Two Inches Of Concrete At The Top Of My Stairs. We Call It “The Tripper”

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#21 Stairs From The Top

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#22 These Are Stairs In My Town. Just How?

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#23 You Gotta Pay Attention On These Stairs In A Cinema

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#24 Stairway To Heaven

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#25 The Longer You Stair, The Worse It Gets

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#26 Painted In A Hotel Stairwell Leading To Fitness Center

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#27 The Perfect Building To Have Stairs In Front Of

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#28 I’m Sorry, But How Is This Even Remotely Designed To Be Wheelchair Accessible? It’s Insulting To Even Have The Sign There

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#29 New Staircase At My School

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#30 And Sometimes People Use The Left Part

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#31 Why Don’t You Just Use All The Stairs?

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#32 Just A Staircase In St. Petersburg

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#33 Wasting A Third Of The Staircase

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#34 If You Walk On The Right You Fall Down A Staircase

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#35 Wheelchair Ramp To A Staircase In A Mall In Haugesund, Norway

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#36 My School Has A Staircase To Nowhere

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#37 When Personal Injury Lawers Moonlight As Interior A Designer

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#38 These Stairs At My Friend’s House

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#39 These Stairs At Our Hotel

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#40 Whoever Designed Those, Must Have Not Been Sober

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#41 This Fuzzy Staircase

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#42 Great Paint Job, Especially That Last “Step”

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#43 This Is Russia

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#44 Got An Unsatisfying Feeling When Walking Downstairs And The Last Step Was Not There

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#45 A Handicap Ramp With A Step At The Bottom

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#46 Pubic Hair-Themed Handrails

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#47 These Are Right Next To The Stairs In My School

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#48 All The Privacy You Need

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#49 This Bathroom With Too Many Stairs

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#50 We Do Really Loud

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#51 One Half Of The Stairs Has A Bar Across The Path For No Apparent Reason

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#52 Poor Choice In Carpet For Steps

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#53 When I Tripped On The Stairs I Cut My Arm On These Things, And Continued To Fall Down The Stairs (I’m The 5th Victim This Week)

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#54 These Deadly Looking Stone Decorations

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#55 Stairwell At My University

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#56 You Either Have To Leave The Stairwell Or Climb The Bar If You Want The Upper Floors

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#57 Never Thought I’d See A Staircase Like This With My Own Eyes

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#58 This Staircase

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#59 Staircase Installation

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#60 A Useful Staircase At The Mall

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#61 This Crappy Staircase At My School

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#62 These Stairs Lead To A Wall

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#63 This Escalator Starts After The First Set Of Stairs

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#64 Oh So You Want The Wheelchair Ramp? Climb

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#65 This Staircase

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#66 There Are Three Steps Down At The Entrance To This Lobby

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#67 Invisible Step At My Parent’s New House That Has Injured 4 Of My Family

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#68 This 3” Step In My Sister’s Hallway. I Have Stubbed My Toe 3 Times In 2 Hours

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#69 I Always Trip On These Stairs Every Time Walk On Them

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#70 When Your Gym Tries Hard To Motivate You But Fails To Make Any Sense

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#71 A Pillar In The Middle Of A Stairway

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#72 Stairway To Heaven

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#73 In Our Company, There Is A Stairway Into Oblivion

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#74 Earn The Escalator

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#75 This Handrail

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#76 Accessibility Ramp To The Stairs

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#77 Don’t Come Stumbling In This House Drunk At Night

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#78 My House Has Many Of These Architect Flaws (I Live In Brazil), One Of Them Is The Flaw In The Ceiling Of The Living Room’s Stairs That Makes My Mom’s Bathroom Have Stairs

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#79 These Stairs In A Mexican Beach Resort (Near Cabo San Lucas)

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#80 These Thin Stairs

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#81 This Stairwell

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#82 This Stairwell Without A Crossover

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#83 This Staircase In My Hotel

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#84 This “Handicap Friendly” Staircase

#85 A Hotel Room For Disabled People With A Staircase

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#86 These Stairs Have An Extra Step That’s Only An Inch

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#87 The Los Angeles Subway Designed Their Stairs To Look Like Escalators. You Don’t Notice Until You Turn The Corner

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#88 Weird Stairs, You Climb Up Them And Then You’re Met With A Small Set Of Stairs That Go Down

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#89 These Long Stairs That Require You To Have Either One Awkwardly Long Stride Or Two Awkwardly Short Strides For Each Step

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#90 These Stairs At My Grandma’s House

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#91 The Spiral Stairs At My House. Im Barely 5’7″

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#92 Wheelchair Accessible Bathrooms With Stairs

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#93 Is This How Architects Commit Murder?

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#94 Half Of The Staircase Is Blocked Off At The Top

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#95 This Apartment Has A Bench Attached To The Stairs

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#96 The Disabled Bathroom? It’s Right There – Up The Step

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#97 Every 4th Step Is Slightly Longer Than The Others, Making You Almost Stumble Down

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#98 Handrail That Funnels People Onto Ever-Narrower Steps

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#99 Who Needs Clearly Visible Steps On An Outdoor Starway?

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#100 Fun Stairs

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#101 This Stairway At My Doctor’s Office Where You Have Exit And Reenter To Keep Going Down

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#102 Watching My Cholesterol, Better Take The Stairs

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#103 I Raise You One “Most Useless Staircase In The World”

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#104 Guess I’ll Just Walk Out Of My Wheelchair To Climb Those Stairs And Then Continue Happily On The Ramp. When I Come Back I’ll Do A Backflip

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#105 Wheelchair Accessible Washrooms Are Located On The Second Floor. Just A Quick Trip Up The Escalator

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#106 These Ridiculously Helpful Stairs

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#107 Somehow, I Managed To Go 5 Blissfully Ignorant Stair-Traversing Years Without Noticing

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#108 So… What Are These Stairs For? They Don’t Lead Anywhere

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#109 The Lift In This Building Is On Every Alternate Half-Level From Where The Doors To The Houses Are

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#110 You Can’t Really See The Step

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#111 This Six Inch Wide Triangle Window In A Stairwell On My Campus. Just Why?

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#112 This Staircase In Mexico. I Nearly Fell Down

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#113 Garage Door Opens To Middle Of Staircase

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#114 This Staircase

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#115 Not Only Do These Stairs Alternate Heights, But They Are Uncomfortable To Go 1 Nor 2 At A Time Because Of The Length Alternation

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#116 Stairs Leading Nowhere

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#117 This Staircase At My Work

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#118 These Stairs Go Into A Block Wall

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#119 These Stairs Lead Nowhere

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#120 My Sister’s Staircase

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#121 This Staircase To Nowhere At My University

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#122 Some Homemade Stairs Someone On Facebook Did. They Seemed Really Proud, But I Don’t Think They Thought This Through

#123 It Isn’t A Step. I Almost Tripped

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#124 This Top Step I Almost Tripped On While Heading Down

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#125 Stairs With “Extra Steps”

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#126 The First Step Doesn’t Step Down, Almost Tripped

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#127 Stairs In One Of My Lecture Halls

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#128 This Totally Misleading Handrail

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#129 This Stairwell

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#130 Useless Stair

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#131 Where Do Those Other Stairs Go

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#132 What Is The Point Of The Left Side Of The Stairs?

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#133 Stairs To Nowhere

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#134 My Apartment Building. Many Old People Have Complained Cause They Have A Hard Time Getting Up The Stairs But Management Just Told Them To Go The Extra 50 Meters And Take The Elevator

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#135 I Don’t Understand Why’d You Even Waste Concrete With These Stairs

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#136 These Steps At My University

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#137 Pipe Blocking Stairway

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