13 Ridiculous Stair Design Fails That Will For Sure End Up Hurting Someone

Design fails can break you…sometimes literally. That seems to be the case with these ginormous design stair flaws that look positively dangerous. The way they implemented their construction could cause someone to trip, fall, and break something, making you truly wondering just what the heck were these designers thinking? Check out the best of the worst stair designs that are a total accident waiting to happen.  

The Eye Teaser

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These stairs have a plaid design that comes off as pixelated when you stare at it for a while. Either way, it’s going to mess with your eyes and your head as you try to take a step. Be careful! Staring at these for a long time could make you cross-eyed. Okay, so we’re obviously kidding, but what the heck were they thinking?  

Just Step Off

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Someone obviously didn’t look at the blueprints correctly. Maybe the designer came up with this idea as a sort of outdoor parking lot for flying cars. Either way, someone’s about to smash their head on concrete one of these days.  

It’s a Dead End

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Who designs a building with a set of stairs that lead to a dead end? The designer should have thought twice before choosing architecture as a career move. This was clearly not the way to go.  

One False Step

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That last black line on the bottom will make you think there’s another step, but there isn’t. People probably felt the shock in their knees stomping on the floor while trying to take that non-existent last step.  

Bumpy Wheelchair Ramp

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A wheelchair-bound person is going to have a tough time heading down this ramp because it’s a staircase. But if you thought going down was bad, imagine what it’s going to be like wheeling up.  

Rolling Downstairs

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This set of stairs isn’t as bad as the others. But the person that chose the carpet to put over them was a total piece of work. You can’t even see the steps! Just staring at this pic is making us dizzy. We’d totally be looking for something to grab on the way down. That’s for sure.  

No Drinking Required

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You don’t really have to be inebriated to miss a step and go tumbling to your doom. In fact, these stairs are so messed up, you’d probably have to be drunk in order to navigate through the chaos safely.  

There Are Stairs Here?

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We know, we know. You probably said to yourself, “Stairs? what stairs?” The overall look with this insanely confusing pattern makes it impossible to tell where a step begins and where it ends. One false step and you’ll be rolling to the first floor.  

Watch Your Step

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It’s like a house of horrors. You’ll never see it coming until it’s too late. But once you cross that threshold, you’ll be tumbling your way down to your next life.  

Climb to the Top

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This isn’t a staircase. It’s more like an indoor rock-climbing adventure. It’s perfect for athletes looking for a challenge, but bad for everyone else. Climbing down must be even more dangerous!  

The Impossible Stairs

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The odd thing about this design fail is that the person followed the diagram to the T. But it never occurred to him to question how someone was supposed to get up the stairs.  

The Distorted Stairs

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Anyone walking down these stairs will look at the distorted wooden steps and wonder if they’re having a stroke. You can almost hear the evil laugh from the designer.  

The Glass Stairs

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Each step is made of glass and placed into those wall slots. Besides being positively ugly, it’s not safe for a child because there are no handle bars. It looks rickety, too. A grown adult could cause one of these steps to break easily. So what the heck were they smoking when they came up with this?

Written by Camila Villafane

Serial tea drinker. Professional wig snatcher. Content creator and video script writer who may or may not be John Leguizamo’s body double. If you don’t like where you are, move. You’re not a tree.