84 Terrible “Stairs Designed By People Who Are Not Afraid To Die

At the crossroads of architecture and home design lie stairs. They serve an important and practical function and they can serve as important design elements, but as this aptly named Facebook group loves to point out, they can also be downright deadly without the appropriate safety considerations.

Honestly, it takes some talent and creativity to make stairs that are as unsafe as some of the masterpieces on this list. Some seem downright uncomfortable while others present clear tripping hazards or even fool the eyes into hiding individual steps. Let us know which ones you think you’d trip on in the comments.

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#1 I Just Fell Down These In My Mind And It Sounded Like Someone Hitting A Gong In A Very Uncoordinated Way

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#2 Yeah, That Is A One-Story Home For Me

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#3 Left, Picture Of Stairs From Top-The Wood Planks Run Parallel To Stair Edges Seemingly Forming A Flat Surface. Right, Steps Viewed From Bottom After Fall

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Stairs may seem deceptively simple at first. How hard is it to design a set of stairs? Just make a bunch of steps and you’ve got it, right? Not quite. In addition to whatever architectural regulations there may be, there are some basic geometric rules that ought to be followed.

#4 The Staircase You Take An Enemy Down

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#5 When The House Lights Go Down, Good Luck

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#6 My Shins Hurt Looking At This

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The ideal rise and run for a single normal step is 7” rise and 11” run (~18cm x ~25cm). However, other ratios are possible for other types of steps. There are tons of sites online that break down the rules of stair design, and that’s all before you get into the fancy ideas highlighted in this post.

#7 Do They Know That Wheelchair Users Don’t Normally Bunny Hop?

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#8 A Set Of Steep Stairs Each Step Alternates So That You Can Only Really Put One Foot On A Step At A Time. It’s Also Nearly A Straight Down Angle

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#9 I Wanna See Someone Try This In Heels

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#10 Nope. I Can’t Believe They’re Wearing Socks

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#11 If You Fall, You’ll Have A Lot Of Time To Think About Who Designed This Trap!

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#12 An Unusual Cuboidal Stairway In The Little Village San Augustin Etla, Oaxaca, Mexico (Vernacular Architecture) They Are Made Out Of Red Stone And In Six Alternating Columns. The Ankle Twister

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#13 Oh No, I’ll Jump, Thanks

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#14 Ventilation Grill At The Bottom Of The Enclosure Suggests That Installing Air Conditioning Was More Desired Than A Usable Stairway. Or These Are Cat Stairs

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#15 “Stairs” Designed By Francesco Librizzi. It’s Really More Of A Treacherous Ladder. I’d Consider Going Up These. Would Not Be Interested In Going Down Them

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#16 Taking Your Life Into Your Hands

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#17 The ‘Stairs Of Death’ Are A Section Of Stone Steps Built By The Incas, Which Lead To The Top Of Huayna Picchu, In Peru, Which Is One Of The Steep Mountains That Overlooks Machu Picchu

The peak of the mountain is 2,693 metres above sea level and has Inca ruins on top.
You couldn’t pay me a billion dollars to walk up that

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#18 Do These Count? They Are In My Son’s Room Btw, And I Quite Like Them

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#19 It’s Beautiful

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#20 This Stairwell In Rajasthan, India Inside A Well Is The Deepest In The World. It’s Called Chand Baori And Was Made By Slaves In The City Of Jaipur

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#21 It Looks Like A Human Spine To Me

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#22 Everyday You Can Rearrange The Shelves!

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#23 Imagine Being Half Asleep And Just Needing To Pee

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#24 The Chair There So People Can Sit And Watch The Injuries

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#25 Don’t Ask Me How, But I Haven’t Busted My Butt On These Yet

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#26 Sthairs

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#27 Free Floating Apparition, Stairs Designed By A Sadist Or Art Installation? Maybe All Of The Above

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#28 Expert Difficulty Level Stairs

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#29 Specially Engineered To Promote Faceplants

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#30 Imagine Having To Run Through These During A Fire

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#31 Wider Set Of Stairs With No Actual Handrailings And Thinner Set Of Stairs With A Handrail That Nobody Could Fit Through

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#32 A Stair Where Each Steap Is A Slab Of Glass Rigidly Bolted To The Wall. No Handrail, No Non-Slip Insert, Just Glass

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#33 Two Levels Of Stairs In What Looks To Be A Highly Trafficked Area, Where The Center Railing Connects To The Left Side Of The Second Set Of Stairs. Thus Completely Blocking Off Entry From The Left Side Of The Stairs

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#34 The ‘V’ In The Design Is For Very Dangerous

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#35 How?

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#36 Don’t Roll An Ankle Or Anything

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#37 On A Real Estate Listing In My Area

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#38 Stairs For People Who Aren’t Afraid To Die And Who Enjoy The Nauseating Feeling Of Vertigo

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#39 Go Off Tim Burton

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#40 Oh Well

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#41 Found These Stairs In A ”luxury” House Listing In Croatia. The Price For This House Is 1.2m €!

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#42 Love My New Apartment But These Are The Stairs Leading Up To The Loft. They Feel More Like A Ladder Because Of How Steep They Are. Don’t Get Me Started On How We’re Going To Move Furniture Up There

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#43 Honey What’s Wrong, You Haven’t Gone Down The Stairerslide Today

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#44 A Castle We Visited In Brittany Last Week

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#45 I Work In Lighthouses. These Aren’t The Worst I’ve Come Across. They Lull You Into A False Sense Of Safety Thinking They Are Stairs But They Need To Be Used Like A Ladder. Can Barely Fit Your Heels On The Step If Facing Downwards

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#46 Yikes! This Is A Finished Office Space For Rent

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#47 Granny’s Teeth On The Cobb, Lyme Regis UK

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#48 When Aesthetics Lead To Bad Design Hazards

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#49 A Staircase Passing Through A Counter… And Using The Top Of The Counter As A Step

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#50 Any Thoughts Anyone?

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#51 It’s Certainly One Of The Stairs Of All Time

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#52 A Staircase Into A Loft Conversion We Saw In A House We Viewed Recently. I Went Up And Down This While I Was Super Hungover ??

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#53 I Can Already Feel The Concussion

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#54 Love A Good Repair Job

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#55 This Hurts My Brain

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#56 Water Closets Designed By People Who Aren’t Afraid To Die

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#57 Stone Stairs With Glass Handrail Leading To A Steep Drop

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#58 Only A Stair In The Loosest Sense, A Clean White Tiled Ordinary-Looking Men’s Bathroom Has An Unusual Vertical Access Method

The first two urials are placed at normal height for your average male genitalia. However, the third pee depositary looms above 2 inches from the ceiling. It’s bowl is, almost defiant, orientated towards the ceiling. Truly only a giant whose legs are 90% of his height would be able to take advantage of such a piece of plumbing unaided. What vertical assistance is available to our average man? A staircase perhaps? a ladder? Leading up to the bowl are five red rock climbing hand holds. The lowest is placed at heights that maybe a toddler could access and the tallest one at perhaps at head height. At the urinal no such had holds exist besides the gas heater pipes. What type of mutlilegged creature can access such a waste disposal method boggles the mind. Perhaps the building developers had spiderman as their target market. 

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#59 A Set Of Stairs That Leads Up Into The Second Floor But Also Partially Leads Up To Nothingness As The Houses Walls Were Built Into It. Perfect For A Fairy Shelf

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#60 Sudden Case Of Wall

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#61 Stairs With Similarly Colored Tiles, No Hand Rail, And A Glass Wall… In A Beach Town Where Our Feet Were Regularly Wet. Almost Died A Few Times

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#62 Me Designing My Sims House

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#63 Stair Designed By People With Two Feet. I Really Hate These Things At My Gym

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#64 Okay So I Know That Technically These Stairs Are Designed Precisely To Keep You Alive But Still

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#65 Imy Online Civil Engineer Major Is Starting To Pay Off, Another Satisfied Customer

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#66 One Way Ticket To A Stubbed Toe

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#67 This Made My Stomach Swoop

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#68 And If You Miss The Trash Bins, You Possibly Get Impaled By Those Parking Pole Things

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#69 That’s Pretty Freaking Cool. Albeit, I Would Fall Down And Die

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#70 N Steep Outdoor Staircase Leading Down An Equally Deep Hill, Into The Dark Abyss

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#71 A Witch Lives There. I Feel It

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#72 Painted Outdoor Staircase In Bucharest, Romania, Made To Look Like A Waterfall, With Mossy Rocks Included

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#73 That’s The Gateway To Hell

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#74 I Just Want To Send A Slinky Down It

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#75 9/10 Aesthetic. 10/10 Death By Stairs

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#76 The Backrooms

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#77 Stairs. But The One Third From Top Is Going To Kill You

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#78 The Only Surviving Sunken Bath House Designed By Sir John Soane

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#79 I Live In A House Built Sometime Before 1855. These Are The Only Stairs From The First Floor To The Second Floor

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#80 My Wife Took This Picture From The Loft Of Her Airbnb

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#81 They Desperately Tried To Make This All Work!

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#82 Osha Who?

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#83 Look At It This Lovely Structure. Maybe A Little Bit Dirty But Hé Looks So Innocent

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#84 Platform 9 3/4’s

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