40 Bad Stair Designs That Definitely Need A Rethink

Stairs are so commonplace in architecture that we are already used to it every day. In fact, we are so familiar with it that we can walk up and down the steps even with our eyes closed. But you’ll definitely pay more careful attention to your steps after seeing these bad stair designs. Traditionally, stairs are deemed as a piece of construction with a simple purpose – to provide access to another floor in a safe and easy way. But over the course of time, stairs became representative sculptures and works of art for any building. In contemporary architecture, stairs should not only be practical but they should be attractive as well. Unfortunately, there are some designers who took stair design to a different tact by going over the top.

We actually don’t have any problem with staircases with intricate designs. However, when a stair is designed in a sense that it compromises our safety then that creates a problem. Functionality, accessibility and safety should come first before aesthetic design. Even a single flaw in the construction could result in serious falls that may lead to serious injuries. Take a look at these examples of bad stair designs that will surely put your eyes and minds into confusion. And let these photos remind other designers that we certainly prefer simple stair designs as long as they are safe. Get ready to cringe with these bad stair designs that are literally stairways to hell.


“Not A Good Carpet Choice For Stairs If You Ask Me”

“I’ve Seen Some Crappy Stairs, But This One Takes The Cake”

“When You Let Satan Choose The Carpet”

Camouflage 101

“Built The Staircase Exactly As Designed, Boss”

Stairs That Lead To Nowhere

Stairs Of Death

Extreme Wheelchairing

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

“Almost Broke My Leg”

“You Don’t Have To Be Drunk To Fall Down These Stairs”

These Stairs At A Movie Theatre

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

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

My God

bad stair designs deadly steep

“For When You Want A Near Death Experience Every Time You Use 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”

These Sloping Stairs

How To Break Your Bones

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

These Double Stairs

Bad Stair Designs

“These Stairs Must Be For Pets And Children Only”

These Stairs In Monaco

Epic Stair Design Fail

“These Stairs In A College I Visited Had People Confused…”

“These Stairs In My Sisters House Are A Joy To Use”

“Someone Directed Us To These Stairs When We Were Lost”

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

These Stairs Are 1ft/30cm High

The One Stair Slightly Shifted To The Side

The Stairs To Nowhere

“You Win This Time, Stairs…”

These Stairs…

“Terrible Floor To See The Depth Of The Stairs”

Space Saving Stairs

bad stair designs space saving steps

“Let Them All Fall From Those Stairs”

bad stair designs sloped top step

Carpeted Stairs To Shower

“Nearly Died Carrying A Box Down These Basement Stairs”

“Stairs Leading To Nowhere At My School”