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”

bad stair designs confusing carpet

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

bad stair designs suspended glass

“When You Let Satan Choose The Carpet”

bad stair designs confusing pattern

Camouflage 101

bad stair designs invisible step

“Built The Staircase Exactly As Designed, Boss”

bad stair designs execution fail

Stairs That Lead To Nowhere

bad stair designs hanging steps

Stairs Of Death

bad stair designs uneven steps

Extreme Wheelchairing

bad stair designs wheelchair ramp

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

bad stair designs dead end

“Almost Broke My Leg”

bad stair designs step marker

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

bad stair designs alternate steps

These Stairs At A Movie Theatre

bad stair designs movie theater

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

bad stair designs decorative waterfall

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

bad stair designs dangerous

My God

bad stair designs deadly steep

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

bad stair designs alternate broken steps

“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”

bad stair designs ramp steps

These Sloping Stairs

bad stair designs sloping steps

How To Break Your Bones

bad stair designs thin continuous line

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

bad stair designs tiny hill

These Double Stairs

bad stair designs double stairs

Bad Stair Designs

bad stair designs suspended transparent glass steps

“These Stairs Must Be For Pets And Children Only”

bad stair designs for short people

These Stairs In Monaco

bad stair designs monaco

Epic Stair Design Fail

bad stair designs melting steps

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

bad stair designs college

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

bad stair designs uneven height

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

bad stair designs pillar center

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

bad stair designs ceiling end

These Stairs Are 1ft/30cm High

bad stair designs too high steps

The One Stair Slightly Shifted To The Side

bad stair designs shifted step

The Stairs To Nowhere

bad stair designs useless

“You Win This Time, Stairs…”

bad stair designs cabinet

These Stairs…

bad stair designs distorted picture

“Terrible Floor To See The Depth Of The Stairs”

bad stair designs terrible floor carpet

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

bad stair designs shower

“Nearly Died Carrying A Box Down These Basement Stairs”

bad stair designs basement

“Stairs Leading To Nowhere At My School”

bad stair designs school