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171 Times Homes Had Such Awful Interiors, It Was Unclear What The Designers Were Thinking (New Pics)

Call the Aesthetics Police because we’ve got a crime spree to report. They say there’s no arguing about taste, but there are some truly awful design decisions out there. They don’t just ask to be judged, they demand it. ‘Quirky and unique’ don’t quite cut it anymore.

We like to think that we’ve got a good eye for quality designs. And on the flip side, we think we know what best to avoid when decorating your home. That’s why our team here at Bored Panda has put together this list of the very worst home interior design fails. Some of these are so epic, they’re bound to make your inner designer wince. Check out the best of the worst, and remember to give the pics you hate with a burning passion a big old upvote.

Read on for Bored Panda’s in-depth interview about our sense of aesthetics, how it forms, and how we can develop it. Spoiler warning: nobody is ever truly lost, no matter how bad their current sense of style might be.

Meanwhile, if you find yourselves in the mood for some jaw-droppingly horrific design ‘solutions,’ take a look through Bored Panda’s recent articles about them right here, here, and here.

#1 You Have To Step Over The Bathtub To Get Between The Toilet And The Sink

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#2 Can’t Stop Thinking About This Sink

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#3 This Combination Of Staircase, Cellar And Bathroom Gets Worse Every Second You Look At It

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Bored Panda reached out for a chat about aesthetics and developing our sense for it with pie artist Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin. She is the author of ‘Pies Are Awesome: The Definitive Pie Art Book’ and has made a career from putting her great sense of aesthetics to use in the kitchen. Her work is as much about design as it is about delicious baked goods.

We were curious to get her take on whether or not good taste is something that we can develop or if we’re born with it, and how subjective she thinks our sense of aesthetics really is.

“Our sense of taste is a product of our upbringing and the people and content we are exposed to throughout our life, particularly during our formative years,” artist Jessica explained to Bored Panda how we develop our aesthetic tendencies.

#4 This Shower At My Airbnb

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#5 This Bathroom With Too Many Stairs

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#6 I Raise You Carpet Wall Bathroom

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“Different cultures, different families, different peer groups place different value on different aesthetic conventions. If we want to ‘fit in’ with whatever group we are affiliating with, we tend to morph our own personal tastes to match that of the group,” she said that we tend to sacrifice a part of our taste to better adapt to our new social circle.

“But what if we don’t want to ‘fit in’ and conform our taste to match the crowd? Well, that’s where things get interesting,” Jessica mused.

She said that we start developing a truly personal sense of aesthetics when we start looking at different types of design, learning about various artists and artistic movements, listening to different types of music, and reading fresh new authors whose books we usually wouldn’t flip open.

#7 When They Said “Half-Bath”, I Wasn’t Expecting This

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#8 Someone Played Cat’s Cradle With These Heating Pipes

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#9 Bottom Side Of The Stairs. Just Why

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“Once a person has, for whatever reason, decided to expand their horizons beyond what is naturally presented to them in their immediate circles then something magical happens: their true ‘personal taste’ begins to coalesce,” the aesthete said.

“We may be born into a family/community that places a high value on exploring different aesthetic forms and embarking on journeys of personal discovery. We may be born into a family/community that punishes any deviation beyond the accepted norms,” Jessica told Bored Panda.

“But we always have the choice to learn about something new. Taste may always be somewhat subjective, but the more forms of aesthetic content we seek out and allow ourselves to be exposed to, the better our shot at claiming that elusive, “good taste” badge!

#10 Have A Good Sleep

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#11 Fleshy Shower

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#12 Nice Paint Job On The Cabinets But Why Purple

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According to Tim Antoniuk from the University of Alberta, it’s up to the designer to ensure the client’s project turns out well and that the builders turn their vision into reality.

“Everything, in my view, rests in the designer’s hand. This is why some of the most outstanding designers in the world have such a deep knowledge of materials, manufacturing processes, of the problems that can happen during installation,” the Associate Professor of Design Studies told Bored Panda during an earlier interview.

#13 The Intersection Of Three Rooms At My New Place

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#14 Stairs Retrofitted Into Old House Are A Death Trap

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#15 Lars Ulrich

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“It’s hard, but that’s why the best designers get paid so well for their outstanding work. They do great design/aesthetic work, but they also create efficiencies and they foresee and spot (some) problems from happening.”

Essentially, this means that the designer has a huge responsibility when it comes to making sure the house is designed well. And that means being on-site, often. “Many jobs can not just stop because a designer is not onsite or is not able to be reached. That said, builders need to honor the designer’s vision, but again, if there is ‘fuzziness’ in the drawings or plans, decisions will be made by people that we may not want to make them.”

#16 My House Has Many Of These Architect Flaws (I Live In Brazil), One Of Them Is The Flaw In The Ceiling Of The Living Room’s Stairs That Makes My Mom’s Bathroom Have Stairs

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#17 My Grandparents Have A Fish Pond In Their Living Room

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#18 You Can Take A Bath And Die Immediately

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In Tim’s view, designers need to focus on good and clear communication, doing great drawings and visuals, and constantly educating themselves in the field of construction while keeping on top of any important changes. “We exist in a field that is ever-changing with the introduction of new materials, new construction requirements, and restrictions,” he said.

#19 What Was The Point Of This Again

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#20 One Closet. 6 Feet Above The Ground And No Stairs To Get To It. Why?

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#21 Studio Apartment. No Thanks

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Previously, Tim from the University of Alberta explained to Bored Panda that there are objectively good and bad interior design decisions. Not everything is subjective. Though that doesn’t mean that our sense of taste is unimportant. In fact, it’s what causes a gray area between quality and a lack of it in interior design.

#22 My Grandparent’s Carpeted Bathroom

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#23 Privacy? Never Heard Of It. Only Showers With Full Viewing Windows In This House

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#24 “Don’t Come Down The Stairs! I’m Pooping”

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“The gray area comes in when people start to talk about taste and about degrees of aesthetic. I may love the design of Bauhaus furniture, for example, while somebody may feel that it is too cold and void of personality. Not unlike great art, I believe that much of what came from this era is ‘great design,’ in part because it represents an era and a philosophy. When we start to mix in discussions of taste and preference, that is where the gray areas of good and bad design get blurred,” he said.

#25 Stairs To More Stairs

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#26 This Bathroom In A House I Was Shown By My Realtor

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#27 Fish Scale Stairs At My Grandma’s

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According to the expert, we can intuitively tell if a particular design is good or not. “Quite often, this relates to ergonomics and the usability or functionality of the products and services and systems. Having said that, I think far too many people expect poor design that doesn’t really work well,” he said.

“For me, great design is what Dieter [Rams] talks about—it is also intuitive, it is deeply sympathetic and empathetic to the user at all levels, and at some level, it is emotional. It is a catalyst for giving us feelings.”

#28 My Eyes Are Hurting Me

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#29 We Have A Really Small Radiator In Our House

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#30 Well You Asked For A Kitchen Island Didn’t You?

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#31 This Is A Bad Idea

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#32 Okay, What The Hell

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#33 My Parents’ Bathroom Is On A Platform Next To An Angled Ceiling So You Hit Your Head Every Time… And It Has A Telephone

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#34 My House Has A Working Toilet At The Top Of The Basement Stairs

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#35 The Builders Decided That They Wanted This Bannister To Clip Through The Wall

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#36 Part Three Of Things In My House At Annoy The Hell Out Of Me

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#37 The Lamp Prevents The Cupboard From Fully Opening In My New Apartment

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#38 An Apartment In London That Has No Front Door. Just A Set Of Stairs Leading Up To A Window

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#39 Because Having Two Staircases Is Better Then One In The Bathroom. Toilet Is Behind The Wall On The Left

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#40 Let Me Just Hop Into The Bathtub To Fill/Empty The Washing Machine. No Problem

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#41 Refrigerator Island?

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#42 Ice Fishing In Your Bathroom

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#43 Man Opening The Curtains Of His Windowless Hotel Room

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#44 You Can Take A Shower And Don’t Worry That You Will Miss Pizza Delivery

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#45 The White Is Actually A Part Of The Marble Floor

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#46 Sacred Resource

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#47 Nice View Isn’t It?

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#48 My Uncle’s House Got A Bathroom Without A Door, Literally The First Thing You See When You Enter The House

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#49 Staircase Beautified With Loose Boulders And A Broken Pelvis

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#50 It’s Going In The Corner One Way Or Another

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#51 Guest (In-Laws) Bathroom

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#52 Some Maniac’s Bathroom Tile

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#53 Room Was Advertised As Having An Ensuite. Because There’s Nothing I’d Like Better Than Having The Toilet Actually In The Bedroom

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#54 Is Ok. No Water Will Come Out

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#55 This Chandelier At A Restaurant I Ate At Bothers Me So Much

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#56 Flat For Sale In Kiyv, Ukraine

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#57 I Feel Like It’s A Safety Hazard

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#58 DC Condos Really Pretend That This Is Ok (5’7″ Man For Scale)

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#59 This Is Apparently A Clean Wash Basin

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#60 The Outlets Are All At Different Heights In My Mom’s Apartment

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#61 The Family I Work For Just Renovated Their Home And This Was The Can Light Configuration They Ended Up With That I Get To Be Annoyed By Every Day

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#62 Don’t Come Stumbling In This House Drunk At Night. As Seen On Zillow

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#63 Good Thing That Door Is There To… Ummm, I Don’t Know

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#64 Crappy Design Indeed

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#65 Old Estonian Apartment

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#66 This Bathroom I Saw While Looking For A House

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#67 Why Cut The Door When You Can Cut The Carpet. Found In Basement Of A Friend’s Newly Bought House

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#68 This Outlet + Radiator Configuration Is Everywhere In This House. Why

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#69 The Bathroom In A House I Spent My Vacation In

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#70 Beautiful

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#71 Luxurious Apartment For Student

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#72 Who Comes Up With This Stuff?

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#73 A Lovely Chicago Apartment Bathroom

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#74 A+ For Being Ingenious

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#75 Installed The Toilet, Boss

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#76 This Pebble River

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#77 “Puddle Mirror”

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#78 This Is Just So Tacky And Unappealing

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#79 May I Present To You: The Weird Stairs At My House

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#80 These Stairs In My Sister’s House Are A Joy To Use

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#81 Four Doors, One Corner. Left To Right: Closet Door, Door Leading To Bathroom From Living Room, Door Leading To Bathroom From Bedroom, Bedroom Door

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#82 This Gap In The Bedroom Wall

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#83 Shower Curtain On The Other Side Of The Shower In The Bedroom

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#84 Princess Potty

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#85 Strange Bathroom

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#86 Oh, What A Cute House For Sale. Aaaaahhhhh What?

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#87 Multitasking

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#88 Found While House Hunting. This House Is Clearly Plagued By Malevolent Spirits

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#89 Not What I Had In Mind For A Double Vessel Sink

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#90 I Don’t Think I Need To Explain This One

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#91 Everything About This Bathroom Is Wrong

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#92 Hotel Shower Has No Edges So It Floods. Door Has Water Damage

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#93 The Stairs To The Attic In My Old House Built During WW2 Is In The Bathroom. Luckily I Live Alone

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#94 Is This Hell

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#95 It Finally Happened To Me. I Found A Carpeted Bathroom

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#96 My Dad Moved To A New House In Vegas. This Is The Light Switch For My Room. It’s Avant Garde I Swear

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#97 Invisible Step At My Parents’ New House That Has Injured 4 Of My Family

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#98 This Was The First Thing I Saw, When I Came To My Friend’s House

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#99 The Games Room In My Friend’s Grandparents’ House

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#100 This Bedding Set With A Romantic Rose Bud Print

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#101 My Toes Tend To Get A Little Cold At Night

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#102 $500 Per Week Excluding Expenses. Close To Shops

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#103 These Drawers In My New House

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#104 Having My Bathroom Remodelled And They Installed My Shower At Less Than Knee Height

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#105 This Tiny Gap, Where My Wedding Ring Now Lives

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#106 These Stairs

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#107 When The Architect, Engineer, Interior Designer, Fail To Communicate

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#108 Convenient

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#109 Cozy

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#110 This Stovetop

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#111 Guillotine Urinal

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#112 Just Noticed This In The Living Room

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#113 That’s It, I Am Architecture And Home Design Shaming

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#114 Technically You Can Close It But

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#115 Seriously?

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#116 Great Place For A Toilet

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#117 Bring Your Horse To Work Day

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#118 The Perfect Place To Store 15 Years Worth Of Dust

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#119 This Six Inch Wide Triangle Window In A Stairwell On My Campus. Just Why?

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#120 My Dorm’s Bug Screens Have Gaps On All Of Them

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#121 This Apartment I Used To Live In Where The Door And Toilet Had Trouble Coexisting

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#122 This Non-Adjustable Shower Head Holder That’s Set Up To Spray The Water Directly Outward Across The Bathroom

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#123 Bathroom Open To House And Visible From The Entryway

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#124 You Can’t Really See The Step

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#125 The Arch In My Hallway Doesn’t Quite Cover Up The Stairs In My House

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#126 I Like I Like His Her What

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#127 My College Has A Bathroom With A Toilet On A Mini Stage

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#128 This Flat’s Bathroom Up For Rent

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#129 The Placement Of My Toilet Makes It Physically Impossible For A Toilet Covering

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#130 This Shelf In My House Is Blocked By The Toilet

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#131 Can’t Close The Bathroom Door In The Hotel Room I Just Stayed In, It Hits The Toilet

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#132 This Disgusting Arch In My Friend’s House

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#133 This Half-Eaten Post On My Staircase

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#134 This Sink At My Uncle’s House

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#135 So My Cousin Bought A New House And This Is One Of The Two Bathrooms

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#136 My Mom’s House Has A Complete Dip In The Floor. I Can’t Tell You How Many Times I’ve Tripped

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#137 Bathroom In Airbnb’s Party House Doesn’t Have Shower Cabin Or Elevated Water Drainage Which Leaves Whole Room Flooded After Showering

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#138 This Airbnb In Warsaw Had Completely Useless Curtains In The Living Room. Who Needs Privacy Anyway?

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#139 Living Room Bath Anyone?

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#140 My Friend’s Stairway To His Bedroom

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#141 My Bedroom Hallway Door. It Opens, Just Looks Really Bad

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#142 The New Homeoffice, Where Important Executives Take Care Of All Manner Of Their Business?

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#143 Door Gone Wrong

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#144 Have You Ever Been Working On Something And Stopped Giving A Thing About Half Way Through?

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#145 In My Hotel Room, I Can Either Close The Closet Or The Bathroom, But Not Both At The Same Time

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#146 I Guess There Is No Need To Turn On The Light

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#147 Convenient When Everything Is In One Place

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#148 Let’s Hear It For Amber And Tiffani Coming Up On The Main Stage Next

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#149 When You’re 8’7”, 150 Lbs

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#150 Some People Are Feeling Lonelier In Quarantine Than Others

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#151 Took Me Five Tries To Read

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#152 (Left) Oh Look How Cute The Natural Light In This Hotel Shower Flows In Through This Window. (Right) The View From The Bed At 4AM When My Wife Has To Pee

It lights up the whole room.

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#153 What Kind Of Monster Would Do Something Like This

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#154 My Grandmother’s Bathroom Is An Abomination

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#155 Can’t Open The Drawer Because The Handle Blocks It (The Same Thing Happens With The Drawer On The Right)

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#156 Sofa Sleeper Can’t Come Out Fully Because Of The Fridge And Microwave Cabinet Right In Front

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#157 This Hotel I Stayed In Built The Wall Around The Window

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#158 I Was Browsing House/Apartment Rentals When I Saw This Monstrosity Of A Shower. How Does Anyone Even Use This?

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#159 It Is Like This In Minecraft When You Miscalculate And You Are Left With This. Expect This Is Irl At My Friend’s House. You Have To Duck Down Half Way Up The Stairs

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#160 Is It A Bathroom In The Bedroom Or A Bed In The Bathroom?

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#161 Ronnie’s Kitchen

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#162 Alternate Placement For Toilet Roll Holder

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#163 The Door That Never Should’ve Been. Let Alone The Handrail – It Would’ve Opened Onto The Stairs

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#164 Very Well Planned

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#165 Searching For An Apartment Today And Ran Across This Picture. I Think I’ll Pass

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#166 Just Installed My New Radiator

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#167 That Symmetry

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#168 I’ll Just Trip Then

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#169 Couples Toilet

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#170 Why?

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#171 Wall Mounts Are Overated

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