This article was originally published on WallStoriez
They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that's certainly true when it comes to home designs. But sometimes, homeowners mess up so badly that it's hard for anyone to see past the imperfections. These unlucky houses have been left with everything from substandard fittings to strange room extensions thanks to poor design or terrible execution. So grab a bowl of popcorn and prepare to see our collection of the worst home design blunders.
The Door of Doom
Many of us can relate to getting our pant's belt holes trapped on certain kinds of door handles. It only happens when we are in a rush, mad, tired, or already aggravated. But, before this happens, we always drop our keys while in a hurry. And when we want to pick up the keys, well, you know what happens next. This is why we should avoid doors with handles and always choose round knobs.
People who like to wear baggy t-shirts and loose dresses around the house can snag the pockets on the doorknobs. Also, if someone is of a certain height, the doorknob is at their waist, catching it easily. We can even get bruises from bumping into these.
The Chamber Of Secrets
Does this shower come with a naval officer to operate it? With all those knobs (we've counted seven), it looks like it's a particular combination to open a hidden passageway. You know, the type of thing where they turn the right tap, and it takes them to the treasure room. A guest might find it infuriating at the start, but within a few minutes of figuring it out, they might be about to have the most incredible shower of their life.
However, with such a mysterious-looking shower, maybe they can control a train. Whatever it is, it will surely take us longer to figure out than to take a shower.
Their Landlord Tricked Them
And here we see someone who discovered their thermostat is completely fake and doesn't control a thing! We can see what the landlord did here. It's probably a planned scheme by the landlord, or shall we say slumlord? We've got a feeling the landlord secretly controls the apartment's temperature to their financial liking. It looks like a thermostat was placed there to have a Placebo effect on the tenants.
The tenant is fortunate to have uncovered this absurd strategy. But they'd be luckier if they just had a sincere landlord.
A Modern Art Installation
Oh, did you think this was an air conditioning vent? It's clearly a modern piece of art; why else would it be placed on a completely covered wall? Or maybe there's ductwork above it and the drywallers didn't cut the hole, so the guy just put the grill where it was supposed to go and forgot to come back to fix it, or just didn't care enough. Either way, it's going to be a hot summer.
The landlord will still probably put it all on the tenant. That's an air intake anyhow. They'd never feel anything coming out of it.
Cat Lovers, You Got It Right!
This cat wanted to prove to its owners that, regardless of what fancy toys they have, they will scratch the couch if they want to. Okay, fine, that's not why the cat did it. Cats always prefer to sharpen their claws on things that are tall enough for them to reach up and stretch their bodies while they're at it and give them leverage to dig in properly for healthy snag-free claws. The best thing to do is provide them with something taller/longer, while also putting double-sided tape on things such as sofa legs and other stuff.
Moreover, this picture sums up cats in a nutshell. Or maybe, their cat did a favor for that person because that’s an ugly old couch. So, now they have a pretty good reason to replace it and buy a new one!
The Downside to Self-Driving Vacuums
Imagine this: you're renovating your home and adding some beautiful grey wooden floors. You also just got a Roomba (those vacuums that work all on their own) to keep those new floors permanently clean. But then a tiny piece of rock gets stuck to the Roomba, which then scratches your brand new floors. Did we mention these are new floors? Yeah, we're not envious of this homeowner right now.
Little Roomba worked hard to get these even, straight lines, and it needs to be rewarded. Just kidding; maybe switching it off would be better.
Paint It Like One Of Your French Girls
Here's a Ninja cockroach in action warning the rest of its brothers and sisters to save their lives just before it got painted over. Or maybe it was caught in the middle of a tap-dancing lesson. At least now the new tenants know the new apartment is an exciting place to live in after seeing how much fun the roach was having! It's creepy but also pretty. The painter got lucky as the cockroach died; otherwise, he would have received a kick right in the face.
One could say that the cockroach was learning karate. Whatever it is, they should get it framed to teach the other cockroaches a lesson.
Guess We're Not Going Downstairs Today
This person's father forgot to tell him that the renovators would be removing the stairs that morning. How could he not hear the workers taking the stairs out? He seems like a person who can sleep through a world-ending event. Now is the perfect time to see how well he can jump, tuck, and roll. Or maybe he should just wait it out. We only hope the bathroom isn't downstairs.
We can call it a free slide with built-in splinters. He got lucky he wasn't on his phone or distracted by something. We're glad that he stopped before falling to his demise!
And Now It's All We Can See
Apparently, this homeowner went a whole five years before noticing this staircase blunder. We guess they must be too focused on walking down the stairs and not falling that they never noticed it. Have you seen it yet? Take a look before we give the spoiler: the white column right in the middle of the staircase is installed upsidedown. We think maybe the carpenter wanted a callback on that.
We wouldn’t be able to stand this; our eyes would just be drawn to it every time we used the stairs. This must have made others go and check their staircases!
No One Tells Mom How to Live Her Life
This person's mom decided to relabel the tea and coffee jars and put the tea inside the coffee jar and the coffee inside the tea jar. Why? Because she can. But seriously, this would be such a sore to our eyes. And imagine forgetting that it's been relabeled, and when you think you're about to take a sweet sip of morning coffee, it's some decaffeinated tea instead. That sounds like a nightmare.
We really see no other reason for his mom to have done this other than to prove no one can tell her how to live life.
Time To Call A Magician
This home had their cable person over and got the cable installed through a hula hoop left in the backyard. Oops! This is what happens when they're given 22 jobs in what is supposed to be an 8-hour day. They get about 20 min to do whatever needs to be done at one house, or they're losing money. We guess they have no choice but to cut up that hula hoop because the cable company probably won't send someone to redo it for another month.
They could also try fixing it themselves, but, personally, we prefer losing a hula hoop than taking that kind of risk.
Drain for Decoration
These people drew their drain, and the construction workers didn't quite get the picture. But who in the world thinks that putting a drain above the rest of the shower floor is useful? Technically, this would be a retention basin because the outlet is above where the water level will typically be and will only drain if runoff raises the level above capacity. That corner might even stub a toe if they are unlucky or slipped on a soap.
But to the construction workers' credit, that drawing is unclear. It looks more like a cookie or a pizza in a delivery box than a shower drain.
Why Not Take All The Bathroom Doors Off, Too
This person woke up in the morning to notice their door missing. When he asked about it, his parents replied, "Privacy isn't necessary." Poor soul. It must be hard to hear such news in the morning. Maybe he should get ready for a counterattack to replace it with their door. Or he shouldn't spend hours or days in his room. That might have triggered his parents to take such a big step. We should spend some time with our families to avoid losing our room doors later.
On the other hand, children also need some time alone and have a sense of security and privacy. This is wrong on so many levels. How can he possibly sleep or use the internet in a room without a door? Everyone has the right to have some space and privacy.
School for Dummies
When these students returned to the dorm after an entire day of classes, they found new locks and finger scanners on their doors. The catch was that no one knew the codes for getting past the new locks. And the other catch is that someone just opened their rooms without permission and changed the locks while the students weren't there, without even notifying the dorm staff. It sounds like they could work on communication.
Wouldn't this be an illegal eviction? Surely the students have the right to access the room they're renting from the college. We hope the issue got resolved as soon as possible and there was no need to break into each room.
The Tub Might Need An Exorcism
Yuck! Maybe this person has Venom in their house. Or maybe that's oil coming out of the drain. If that is true, they need to have a serious talk with their local government. On the other hand, it looks like there isn't a problem with the water but rather with the plumbing. We wonder if they have considered checking the water tank on the roof. Perhaps there's something inside it.
These tenants should check their state's law on rental policy from the landlord and invite their landlord over to take a nice bath in it.
Oops! This stovetop makes us itch and triggers our perfectionist tendencies. It looks like someone probably replaced a burner and didn't align it properly. Fortunately, all they need to do is just flip the glass up and move the burner to the correct position. At least, we hope that's all it takes to fix this mishap. How did this product pass the factor's inspection? It's the most dangerous stove we've ever seen.
Why in the heck would they do this to us? This is just not cool. To calm ourselves, we'll pretend this is an alien ship aiming for its landing spot (and failing badly).
Someone Needs Their Construction License Revoked
Imagine having this beautiful home with a detailed entrance, and then your front door is totally off-center from everything else. This is worse than the stove mishap! At least they can put furniture or something architectural in that blank space on the porch. Unfortunately, the designers or construction workers were not in their right state of mind because the placement was entirely wrong. Just look at the single shutter on the left.
The window above the door is centered on the porch, and it is typical with older homes for the door to be centered below such a window. So, most probably, they got scammed and paid for a design for a double door but got just one! Or perhaps, a renovation necessitated moving the door.
A Buzzing Entrance
Uh-oh! Mayflies or moths? Whatever's taken over this person's porch, it's their house now so there is no need to try to take it back. Just leave the house and never come back. Imagine coming home on a weekend night to this nightmarish stuff. Whoever lives here must be wondering if the next-door neighbor has an extra bed. Or they might have to consider camping outside — anything but walking through this infested door.
Maybe he can get bulbs with a coating that reduces the light frequencies sensitive to bugs. It renders the light invisible to them so that they won’t be attracted to the light.
This is so frustrating! While some people have one unfortunate design flaw, these people have three and all in their kitchen! The fridge can't open without touching the closet door, the cabinet can't open without knocking into the sprinkler, and the oven can't open without scratching the fridge. It seems the thoughtless installers never got it right. In their defense, the installers typically put things according to the designer's instructions.
The landlord crammed a kitchen in the corner of the room without measuring anything they were putting in and violated a few building codes too. Why do they have to be so irresponsible?
Welcome To A Bacteria Paradise
That is the cleanest bathroom carpet anyone has ever seen. We will give ten points for the exceptional preservation of 80s interior design. The carpet says the late 70s, while the wallpaper says the early-mid 90s. However, the toilet style looks newer than both, which is the weirdest part. The wallpaper seems okay, but we smell this picture. Having a carpeted bathroom just feels unsanitary and not fun to clean.
It may look clean, but we think that's just a trap. There's no way that carpet doesn't hold the germs of our nightmares.
Mirror Mirror On The Wall
This new homeowner removed a cheap mirror glued to the wall, only to find an even cheaper mirror glued to the wall beneath it. One could say it is the Inception movie version of cheap home mirrors. Behind that second mirror, maybe there's a secret passage or some ancient jewels, or there might be just even cheaper mirrors. So, it's a mirror interception. Now they're going to have to glue another, much bigger mirror in that place. It's the only logical solution.
It reminds us of horror movies where they start renovating and find something unusual. Honey, there’s a mirror underneath this. A ghost flashes in the mirror, and we are sure these homeowners will not last there much longer.
Light Switches or Abstract Art?
Oops! Our initial impression is that their location corresponds with a room; the three buttons are for the living room, the one near the thermostat is a room across the hall. The far-right button could be for the outdoor lights. Let's just assume they're positioned and grouped light switches according to the location of whatever they turn on. Well, this is what happens when you remove that load-bearing wall between the kitchen and living room.
This has made us wonder if they need a switch for every light. Is there a particular order to open a secret door? And exactly how does this pass house inspection? It can be somewhat annoying for anyone with OCD because they aren't even lined up.
Toilet Paper Hoarders
Maybe, this was a part of the healing process after the 2020 toilet paper shortage in the United States. Or it might be a policy of having a toilet paper roll for each family member? Please tell us everyone gets their own, and they somehow just know whose is whose? We wonder what's the point that there are so many out and used simultaneously! Most people only need one until it's finished and then replace it. Isn't it simple?
Well, it can also be the result of procrastination constipation! Someone needs to figure that out. It surely takes more effort to start a new roll than to finish the one in there.
Hey, Sharing Is Caring!
The poor guy just got 1/3 of the outlet in his new apartment. It looks like the switch was already installed in the first place, and they put a new cabinet of way bigger size there. Well, moving an outlet is easier than doing a wall cutout. This shows a licensed contractor didn’t do it. We’re guessing the landlord cut down a full-size apartment to make two studio apartments. The landlord might be having a crazy party with all the extra money they get to make out of this move.
It looks okay as we don't see any safety issues or code violations because it is not accessible. It's not like it's going to spontaneously combust when no one can even plug anything into it. Contractors won't do this unless the owner tells them to do so. Hence, we can blame the owner of the house who ordered renovation.
Just Give The Chair A Nice Slap
Did they see the chair before they bought it? Because if so, we're wondering how they bought a chair without noticing the butt dent. That butt pattern is more detailed than anyone would have imagined, a very specific anatomical drawing. People should avoid sitting naked on such a chair or at least clean it before selling it online. So, how can this new owner of the lucky chair dare to sit on it?
The details make it look like a charcoal painting! Pretty impressive. However, it's the velvet effect, which is quite hilarious. That's part of its ass-thetic quality, one can wipe it with hands, and the print will automatically disappear. Thank us later! Also, we can't take our eyes from that lovely Rickenbacker bass behind it. How cool!
You've Got The Spotlight
Even the picture itself hurts our eyes. Ahh! We can understand the agony of someone who's just come back home for a nap after a night shift. They should have turned the blind the other way, or if they can't do that, then maybe just change the sitting place or buy new curtains! Don't forget to give the sun (light) credit for coming to see from so far away. They must have been blessed by the rays of the sun, and maybe some soul is shining too brightly for them.
And has anyone ever tried to adjust these blinds without getting frustrated? Maybe it is just us, but these blinds and the sun rays passing through them can make a person go mad.
Grown-Up On The Outside, Not From The Inside
The person who took this photo lives with two people (fully grown men) who have no regard for others. It takes no time at all to put silverware back where they belong. There are always two types of people. One who follows the rules/basic etiquette and the other with zero organization skills in everyday life. So, the people with sheer laziness don’t put the things back from where they take them.
At least, they got it back in the drawer rather than throwing it somewhere in the room. Also, by the end of the day, they are the ones who complain when they can't immediately find anything. However, that's the male interpretation of a kitchen junk drawer! But there should be nothing sharp in that drawer regardless. Knives should have separate drawers for safety purposes.
Here is a lesson to learn for the people planning to do some home renovation. Always remove the plate covers before painting! Learn from this example. They can cut around the edge of the plate, peel it off, and count the layers of the paint. We’re shocked that the painter was too lazy to remove the plate. They should put more coats on it, and it will automatically disappear. On the bright side, it’s toddler-proof for now.
We wonder why the landlords have to do something absurd for the person staying in their house and paying rent. Does that even make any sense? The people living there would be too afraid to plug something in to activate house self-destruct mode!
Sunlight Is A Deadly Laser
Why do people have to blame the sun when they might be the one who put something that worked as a focal object and destroyed the keyboard, or their windows might have worked like a magnifying glass? Well, the sun stayed in that position long enough to melt it. Seriously, is this even possible? And they didn't notice it until it got to that point? Didn't they feel the heat of the sun on the back? Surprisingly, it stopped at the pause key.
It looks like someone dragged a soldering iron across the keyboard (it must be made of cheese) which melts right away. Perhaps, they can try CTRL+ALT-UV (if that works!). It makes us wonder where the person lives. Most probably on Mercury.
We Feel Triggered
Someone is claiming that all three lights are off, but we see differently while looking at the switches. Isn't this usually the case when multiple switches control the lights, so one can turn the lights off and on from multiple places? If this is the only switch for those lights, then it is a truly crappy design. Or it's not about the design but the installation. Mostly we have one of this kind in our homes.
That’s a 3-way switch if someone doesn’t know about it. Still, it doesn’t make a lot of sense when the switch can work the conventional way.
Enough Room To Fit A Metal Fork
Oops! It's a battle of raising 3/4 of an electrical outlet. That's one risky competition. At least the top one is usable, and it isn't vertically split like the other. Something is better than nothing. Unfortunately, it seems like the plug was there, and the replacement counter was installed later on. They need to call the landlord who painted the electrical outlet with coats of paint. Or they can simply hope that another replacement counter would completely hide the outlet.
We hope they don’t spill anything on that countertop if they want to live! It’s not that hard to move a plug up or down depending on how much existing wire is in the box. So, one can try it! It must be hard to see it like this every day.
This Is Why Cutting Boards Exist
A girlfriend just moved into her boyfriend's house and denied using a cutting board. Now either she's buying a new table or moving out? Maybe she can consider using a cutting board now to avoid causing further damage. It's not even a practical approach to think if someone will cut the veggies on the table in the same way as we do on a cutting board. That's inconsiderate. Obviously, it's called a cutting board for a pretty good reason. She owes an apology to everyone.
We'd tell the boyfriend that if he's ok with her destroying furniture, he needs to buy a new one or ask her to pay for it. They can try to put something on the table like a tablecloth or a glass cover. We can hope she doesn't cut raw meat and vegetables in the same area.
A Stairway To Hell
Oops! This looks like a death trap or another modern way to break the neck or spine in a few seconds. Too bad for the people who are suffering from bad eyesight or vertigo! These stairs, or we can say an obstacle course, should be somewhere in Hogwarts. One wrong move, and the poor person can say goodbye to their legs, arms, or back because there's even no handrail. Be careful as a bad fall is waiting to happen anytime soon.
We can’t ignore the excessive carpet over the stairs to make the fall a little less damaging. It’s better to avoid spiral stairs in such a crowded space.
How on earth does that happen? And how is the light still on? Maybe the person living there should get a fish now. The main thing isn't the light. It's how the water got in there! And how soon can the leak be fixed because there's no room left in there and the water will have to find another way? They better make a hasty exit before they find themselves buried under ceiling sheetrock. Should we blame the landlord as always?
On the other hand, it's looking so cool. What if the cover of that light is designed to create an illusion to look like it's full of water? We wouldn't be surprised.
The misplaced fan ruined the perfect ceiling artwork! One cannot lay down on the bed after waking up because that's going to make them crazy. It looks like a pretty good motivation to wake up right away in the morning. Whatever it is, the ceiling is so mesmerizing. We can see a beautiful ceiling, but we would have replaced the fan as it's not in the middle. It can irritate a person right away when they're already agitated over something. That person should try to wake up sideways; hopefully, that will solve the problem.
The paint looks like a work in progress. No doubt, ceiling fans are a bit of an eyesore, especially if they are installed in the wrong place. We can only hope that they get it fixed as soon as possible.
A door that looks fine but leads to nowhere. It only happens when a person has a lot of money but poor execution. These were obviously two houses that were combined later. Keep the door as it is; otherwise, it would spoil the whole design and look of the house. Oh, wait, that already happened. It seems like one of those riddles where we have to choose the right door. This is how anyone can troll the guests that are coming over, and homeowners don't like them. We can only assume the rest of the house might be good in terms of design. Maybe, it's better to replace the second useless door with a window.
Perhaps, a duplex was converted into a single home. However, it is indeed troublesome and a waste of time if we open the wrong door. Please fix it! Please!
Get Ready For Future Mold Problems
This person lives in Central Alberta, where the temperature drops below -45°C. So, they woke up to frost in the corner of their bedroom one night. It looks like Elsa paid a visit to this place. We are glad they woke up, or else they would have accidentally gone into the hibernation phase. This happens commonly that the inside door handle and parts of the door will frost over, sometimes the window as well, but never seen frost form on the inside of a room.
People living in areas with such freezing temperatures understand these issues and take proper measures to stay safe. We have massive respect for them because it is like living in a big freezer.
Time To Leave The House
Oh, it might take us a little longer to understand what's actually unusual or disturbing here. Is it the grumpy stairs full of green algae or the lights right above the doors? Most probably, it's the left door windows that are not placed symmetrically. It looks like a whole new style of doing things in an ugly way. It looks unfinished though maybe they ran out of money. It seems like they got this door from a clearance sale.
Imagine living here. It must be annoying for people to see it as they can never unsee it now. By the way, it can easily irritate anyone who’s passing by that door. Ask the landlord to get it fixed; otherwise, it’s going to drive everyone mad!
Moms Be Like
Why do all the parents universally do this? It seems like they don’t trust their children. As if they haven’t been through this phase of life. If we try to understand the reason behind it, thousands of reasons may seem fully justified to our parents. And that’s not it. Some parents not only leave the door open but also turn on the lights. And we can’t convince them or argue with them because we all know who is going to win the argument.
The worst part about this is that if the window is open, the door will open automatically and repeatedly close because of the wind until you get up and have to close it yourself manually.
Starting The Year Off With A Bang
A bullet came downwards through the windows during New Year's celebrations. New Year and wild celebrations go hand-in-hand. It looks like someone got a shot in their house window out of nowhere. Some idiots shoot in the air without comprehending the consequences. Well, the bullet isn't going to break the laws of gravity and never come down again. What goes up must come down. How do people forget gravity still exists, and bullets don't act like they do in video games. It's infuriating for them that the glass is broken, but it's terrifying for everyone.
Many people lose their lives each year because some idiots shoot into the sky without realizing that the bullets come down with equal velocity and hurt others. Please don't do it!