We’ve all had our fair share of interior design fails or DIY projects gone wrong. When it does work though, DIY is a great way to refresh your home, but at its worst it’s a fail that will haunt your every waking hour!
If it’s not bad enough for us normal people, construction gone wrong can have even bigger implications for developers.
A major constructional fail could cost a company significant time and expenses on a project. Worst of all, people's lives could be at risk, if the structure isn't sound!
We want to warn you what to avoid, and marvel at how badly wrong things can sometimes go. Here are 10 construction and design fails to stay away from.
1) Make Sure Things Line Up
This is where we draw(er) the line on fails.
Drawers are super handy in any room, and simple enough to figure out how to use. You pull them out to store things, then close them for safekeeping.
Except... in this DIY-gone-wrong scenario, there’s no way to ever use those drawers again!
2) Measure Up First
It’s toi-late to notice your mistake!
Always, always, alwaysss measure (anything and everything) first. Failing to measure a room is one of the most common interior design fails, and a sure-fire route to household disappointment.
3) Don’t Mix Your Rooms Up
A loo-dicrous construction fail.
No matter how short you are of space, some rooms should be sacred. They might both need plumbing, but adding your toilet to your kitchen is a fail that cannot be overcome.
4) Angle For Simplicity
This complicated mess is sure to a-maze anyone who visits.
There are so many pointed angles and sharp corners in this photo that even the image itself might end up blinding someone!
Design a space that’s easy on the eye, and don’t think just chopping up doors is a way to solve the problem of strange ceiling angles.
5) Go All The Way Up
Walls don’t stop as and when you want them to.
We get it, sometimes walls are annoying and cut out natural light. Choosing just to randomly cut out half of a wall (AND a door) is a construction fail, where the solution is worse than the problem.
6) Remember Personal Space
This is getting a little too close for comfort.
It doesn’t matter how big your bathroom is, nobody wants to sit in a line during their special time, more so when their bottoms are almost touching, so don't try to cut corners or costs for this area!
7) Attention To Detail Is Key
Once you see it, you can’t unsee it…
Attention to detail is critical. The right tiles can be a great addition to your home, and even enhance the livability… but you need to get it right during installation, or live with the consequences of irregularity!
8) Furnish The Right Room
A four-poster bed might be cool, but a four-poster bathtub?
There are too many things going wrong here to point them all out, but we'll try. Don’t carpet a bathroom. Don’t carpet a bathtub. And most definitely don’t turn your bathtub into a weird carpeted four-poster bed-monster.
9) Think About Access
We cannot stress how important it is to think about access!
It’s nice to make the most of all your spaces, but unless you're Spiderman, you’re unlikely to find much value in this stranded island above this entrance area.
How did they even get the furniture up there? Is there a secret door, or entry from outside the window? So many questions!
10) Consider the Colours
Please believe us when we say that "Less is definitely more"!
A final fail to avoid is less about construction, and more about good choices. It’s important to carefully consider the colour of your home before you commit. Otherwise, you might just end up with a horror show like this.
BONUS ROUND: Don’t Do This!
Trust us on this one: Just. Don't. Do. It.
Try and remember that sometimes, how you picture a design at the concept stage, won't always have the same effect as the end result once it has been… *cough* erected.
This is why it's so important to get feedback from other trusted parties, as they can provide a valuable point of view to your interior designs that you might have missed.