Sometimes, when you see some stairs, the stairs stare back at you.

You stare into the void, the stair void, and the void stares at you, then stares at the stairs, then looks back at you.

And the void raises its eyebrows and does a short of concerned shrug over to the stairs, like, “Can you believe this?”

You, in wide-eyed acknowledgement, nod, and then shake your head, as if to silently communicate to the void “I know right? These stairs are ridiculous.”

15. Watch your head

You musn’t be this tall to go upstairs.

These stairs must be for pets and children only from CrappyDesign

14. Little dots


These stairs in Monaco from CrappyDesign

13. Roundabout

When the stairs are due today but you forgot to study.

These stairs from CrappyDesign

12. Higher education

Not the most efficient use of space.

These stairs in a college I visited had people confused… from CrappyDesign

11. Oh joy

Why am I so irrationally angry about this?

These stairs in my sisters house are a joy to use from CrappyDesign

10. Losing it

Excuse me, you’re in my way.

Someone directed us to these stairs when we were lost. from CrappyDesign

9. Up and away

Yeah dude, you got ghosts in there for sure.

These stairs in a residence hall when I was in college. Always creeped me out. Poor quality due to camera phone circa 2009. from CrappyDesign

8. By the foot

What kind if giants do you live with?

These stairs are 1ft/30cm high from CrappyDesign

7. Stone cold

What sort of troll made this?

The one stair slightly shifted to the side. from CrappyDesign

6. The corner

Is this for time-outs or something?

The stairs to nowhere from CrappyDesign

5. Shut up

This is me trying to open up to anyone emotionally.

You win this time, stairs… from CrappyDesign

4. Face it

Who wanted this? Who asked for this?

These stairs… from CrappyDesign

3. Yipes, stripes!

What a trip.

Terrible floor to see the depth of the stairs. from CrappyDesign

2. Shower power

Ah, the thing for nobody.

Carpeted stairs to shower from CrappyDesign

1. A new angle


Nearly died carrying a box down these basement stairs from CrappyDesign

And now we have stared thoroughly into the void, and it into us. And from the void, we hear the echoes of ancient wisdom: “Hire a competent contractor.”

What design fails have you noticed recently?

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