If You’re Wondering What Sex Furniture Is, This Shopping Guide Is for You


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Sex furniture has a reputation problem.

Far more than just (*nudge, nudge*) sex dungeon decor for the kinkiest amongst us, sex furniture can be enjoyed by rompers of all flavors so-called “vanilla” included.

This sex furniture guide proves it.

What it is

Sex furniture can be enjoyed by lovers of all genders, relationship styles, sexual orientations, sizes, ~proclivities~, and abilities.

According to Searah Deysach, longtime sex educator and owner of Early to Bed, a pleasure product company in Chicago that ships worldwide, sex furniture can basically be broken into 2 main categories:

  • positioning tools
  • bondage props

“Some of the furniture is designed to help lift your hips, give your neck a break, or make certain positions easier on folks of different sizes or abilities,” explains Deysach. “This group of furniture is designed to support and comfort naked, moving bodies.”

Then there’s furniture that “is made with a BDSM aesthetics in mind (think leather, wood, etc.),” says Deysach. “[It’s] designed to tie someone down, bend them, or other kinky activities.”

Where to start

From sexy blankets and pillows to full-on sex cages and f*cking machines, sex furniture runs the gambit.

So how do you figure out what’s right for you? Sadie Allison, PhD, founder of online sex toy boutique Ticklekitty.com and author of “The Mystery of the Undercover Clitoris,” recommends asking yourself:

  • Is the primary function of the toy to add spice to our sex life or comfort/safety?
  • How much am I actually able and willing to spend?
  • What’s the square footage I’m working with?
  • Do I want something that I can use when I masturbate? Or something to use with my partner(s)?

She adds: “Before you purchase anything you want to use with your partner, you should probably also talk to them about what they want.” Fair!

Pillows, wedges, and ramps

illustration of a light blue wedge and a light blue ramp in front of a colorblocked two-tone beige background divided by a wavy line in the middle

Pillows, wedges, and ramps are basically the small, medium, and large size of the exact same thing: “A supportive device that’s designed to make certain sex positions more comfortable and accessible,” says Sadie.

Arms get tired supporting your upper bod during doggy style? Bend over a ramp or wedge like the Liberator Wedge so it can do the arm work for you.

Want to have anal in missionary position but can’t seem to expose your bottom hole enough? Prop a sex pillow like the Dame Pillo under your hips.

Linens, pads, and throws

These aren’t about making your space snuggly-wuggly. They’re about easy cleanup.

Body-positive sex educator Carly S., founder of the sex toy review site Dildo or Dildon’t, recommends them for anyone who:

  • squirts
  • loves water sports
  • enjoys period sex (or any blood play, for that matter)
  • has multiple partners

“They allow you to have sex on the bed without having to change the sheets,” says Carly S. Or on the carpet, couch, counter, or anywhere else without worrying about stains.

Pads are just really, really big puppy pads (for instance, the MedNet Direct XXL 5 Layer Pad). They’re disposable, which makes them great for travel.

If you’re planning to use them regularly, getting something reusable will be a better long-term investment:

  • Liberator Fascinator Throw
  • Tom of Finland Water Sports Sheet
  • Doc Martin Wet Works Waterproof Sheet

Shower toys

Whether your priority is safety or spice, there’s a shower sex aid for you.

Mats, grip bars, and shower seats

“Mats, grip bars, and shower seats are all about making showering in general and shower sex safer,” says Carly S. “After all, nobody wants to slip, no matter what they’re doing in the shower.”

The shower upgrades that will work best depend on the size, flooring, and material of your shower.

You might consider:

  • no-slip shower mats, like the Gorilla Grip Original Patented Bath Mat
  • shower seats, like the Vaunn Adjustable Shower Chair and Seat or AquaTeak Shower Bench
  • grip bars, like the Changing Lifestyles Safe-er-Grip Handle

Shower and bath nozzles

There are tools that transform your faucet into a literal sex toy.

The CleanStream Aluminum Angled Enema Nozzle and CleanStream Complete Cleansing System Kit can function as a prelude to backdoor exploration. Or as part of a medical play scene — rectovaginal or prostate exam, anyone?

Meanwhile, the Waterslyde turns your bath faucet into a vibrator alternative. “I can’t say enough good things about the Waterslyde,” says Carly S. Quite the rec!

Stools, sofas, chairs, and chaises

Each of these resembles a slightly different piece of living room furniture, but all are designed to make boinking your boo easier.

Queening stools and thrones

Also known as sex stools, queening stools are basically chairs with a hole in the bottom where a face, penis, dildo, or hand can go. Think of it as a step stool with a toilet seat-esque top.

Some, like the Queening Chair and Slave Toilet, are designed just for face sitting.

Others, like the Multifunctional Elasticity Pillow Chair, can be used for face sitting, 69-ing, rider-on-top, reverse rider, and more.

A stool with elastic straps is a great option for folks who don’t have the strength to hold their bodies up while on top, notes Carly S. “The straps do the bouncing for you.”

Chairs

Some, like the Adela Chair and Scorpio Sex Chair, look like displays in the MOMA. Others, like the Bondage Chair, kind of resemble something you’d find in the waiting room.

And then there are chairs that simply look like, well, chairs.

According to queer-inclusive sex educator and sex positivity advocate Lateef Taylor, they’re all designed to do the same thing: Make the kind of sex you want to be having more accessible. *claps*

Chaises and loungers

“Sex chaises and loungers look like something you’d see in any modern home,” says psychotherapist and marriage and relationship expert Rachel Wright, MA, LMFT.

“They look like couches, but are designed to make sex more comfortable,” explains Wright.

Plus, they’re usually made of a stain-resistant material. So go ahead and load up on lube.

TBH, no company does sexified sofas better than Liberator. Here’s proof:

  • Esse Chaise
  • Zeppelin Cocoon
  • Equus Wave

Sex benches and horses

You might think these are just, like, a place you sit on and bone. But in reality, sex benches and horses are best for kinky folks.

Sex benches

“Typically, sex benches allow you to strap someone down or bend someone over for a good spanking,” says Deysach.

How kinky they appear varies. The Liberator Prelude Bench King Black Label, for example, looks rather, uh, tame.

While the Punishing Bench and Bondage Spanking Bench look *devil emoji.*

Sex horses

Ever seen an old-school gymnastics horse? Bondage horses are like that… but more versatile.

The Blackwood Bondage Horse and The Bondage Edition Dungeon Horse can be used to:

  • restrain someone
  • bend someone over
  • make rider and reverse-rider more comfortable
  • open up someone’s bum for anal

Sex swings and slings

“Sex swing” may sound like some “Fifty Shades” swag.

While they can make an A+ addition to a kinkster’s collection, their main objective is to make certain positions more accessible.

Let’s say you and your partner have a massive height difference: A sex sling can lift the shorter partner up so that the taller partner doesn’t have to.

This is especially useful if one partner weighs more than another partner can physically lift on their own.

Freestanding sex swings and slings

As the name implies, these bad boys sit smack dab in the middle of the room.

Factors to consider before investing:

  • weight limit
  • price
  • material
  • padding
  • accessories (like cuffs)

Into leather? Check out the Extreme Sling Sex Swing. On a tight budget? Look into the Purple Reins Sex Sling.

Door swings and slings

“Rather than setting them up in the middle of the room, you hang them from the door,” explains Carly S.

They’re a clutch alternative for apartment dwellers and folks with roommates or kids.

They’re also great for people on a budget — you can get a solid sling for under $100.

The Soft Over-the-Door Swing, for example, is under $50. And the Sportsheets Door Jam Sex Sling is under $75.

Sex toy mounts

Love being on top? Need a free hand for other types of stimulation? Single or in an LDR? It’s time to invest in a toy mount.

“A toy mount is a device that holds your sex toy — typically your vibrator — so that you can experience penetration or vibration without using your hands or your partner’s,” explains Wright.

Most just look like pillows, like the Liberator Pulse Sex Toy Mount and Axis Magic Wand Mount.

Sex machines

You can probs use your imagination to make a pretty educated guess on what these babes are. But we’ll tell you — plus, explain the difference between the two main types.

Rideable sex machines

Often shaped like an ottoman, “these are machines that you mount and ride as you might, say, a horse,” says Taylor.

Their primary function is to vibrate — not thrust.

By far the most popular in this category are:

  • The Cowgirl
  • The Sybian
  • The Motorbunny

F*cking machines

“F*cking machines feature a dildo or retractable arm that’s designed to thrust in and out of you,” says Taylor.

Unlike rideable sex machines that could pass as an odd-looking foot stool, f*cking machines look like sex machines.

A f*cking machine can cost you anywhere from just over $100 (the Hismith Mini) to over $1,000 (the Black Magic XL).

So if you’re on the market for one, set your budget. Then, hit up Kink Store, search “machine,” and purchase the one at your price point that you find most aesthetically pleasing.

Bondage platforms 

Bondage tables, boards, and crosses are all designed to restrain someone. Which one you choose will come down to aesthetic preference and space.

Bondage tables

A bondage table is any type of table that can be used to tie someone down.

Sometimes these look like freaky dining or living room tables with built-in straps and cuffs that lock someone down while you whip, tease, cane, spank, and spit on them, says Taylor. See the Milking Table.

Other times they look more like massage tables, like the Hospital Bed Restraint System and Glory Hole Milking Table.

“The ones that look like massage tables are great for milking,” they say. (Milking = massaging a penis owner’s testicles and prostate.)

Bondage boards

Boards are just bondage tables without the feet. (Can’t visualize? Check out The Bondage Board).

“Boards are the better option if your square footage is restricted,” says Taylor. “They can really turn any surface of a preexisting piece of furniture into a bondage ‘table.’”

Bondage crosses

A bondage cross (aka BDSM St. Andrew’s Cross) is a bondage board shaped like a large, person-sized X, explains Caitlin V., MPH, clinical sexologist for Royal, a vegan-friendly condom and lubricant company.

“Typically, it has rings at the top and bottom for restraining wrists and ankles,” says Caitlin V.

Intrigued? Check out:

  • Portable St. Andrew’s Cross
  • Modern Bondage Cross
  • Collapsible St. Andrew’s Cross

BDSM beds 

Yes, you might call a four-poster bed that’s been decked out with an under-the-bed restraint system a BDSM bed.

But a BDSM bed is typically a bed designed with BDSM play in mind. The Depot Dungeon Bed and The Dore Alley Dungeon Bed, for example, feature built-in hooks for chains, cuffs, and more.

For very experienced BDSM practitioners, there’s also something called a latex bed. Check out the Latex Vac Bed.

Designed with two pieces of latex and just a mouth hole, these “beds” allow someone to feel what it’s like to be tightly encased from head to toe.

Cages

“Cages are great for animal play and for displaying, and even sharing, a partner,” says Taylor.

Some, like the Kennel Adjustable Puppy Cage, look like medieval pet cages.

Others, like the Hanging Leather Strap Bondage Cage, are designed to engulf someone like a human-sized finger trap toy.

Stockades

Sex stockades (think stock + cage) are pretty darn similar to the devices used to restrain and punish stock animals.

Some stockades, like the Pain Factory Gonga and Neck and Wrist Stock, feature a board with a hole for a head and two for wrists.

Others, like the Stockade with Chest Pad and Fucking Rod, are freestanding.

Regardless, they can be used to (consensually!):

  • force a submissive to accept your touch
  • force a partner to watch you bang someone else
  • deprive a submissive of movement or self-pleasure
  • engage in medieval role play or animal play

The bottom line

Welp, there you have it.

Sex furniture can be a pleasurable addition to any pleasure seeker’s home, so long as they invest in the type that makes the most sense for their sexual tastes.

Go on, loves, order up and O on.


Gabrielle Kassel is a New York-based sex and wellness writer and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. She’s become a morning person, tested over 200 vibrators, and eaten, drunk, and brushed with charcoal — all in the name of journalism. In her free time, she can be found reading self-help books and romance novels, bench-pressing, or pole dancing. Follow her on Instagram.


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