Rebecca Weinberg – Oct 5, 2017
Sex swings and slings can help couples be more adventurous and bring creativity into the bedroom, as well as improve mobility, but many consumers don’t consider them as a practical purchase. The assumption is that these sex accessories are too fancy, complicated and expensive for the average couple — or that they’re strictly for kinky use. This couldn’t be further from reality, of course, so it’s up to store staff to be able to suggest options and explain their benefits in ways that make this category feel more accessible.
Straps and slings allow partners to use support and leverage to get into and maintain difficult positions.
In a sex swing, one partner is suspended while the other moves freely. Swings allow couples to experiment with different positions they may not find comfortable or easy to get into unassisted. During sex play, swings can also eliminate issues with weight, height differences, lack of flexibility, or compromised mobility and give people newfound freedom of movement that can transform their sexual experiences.
The Trinity Sex Swing is a classic example of a traditional sex swing. This type is meant to be installed from a weight-bearing support beam in the ceiling, though specialized stands are also available (usually sold separately). The Trinity has four adjustable padded straps that hold one person: one strap goes around the back, another around the butt/thigh area, and a strap suspends each foot. This swing can accommodate someone up to 400 pounds.
Sex play in a swing of this type reduces weight and gravity considerations. The person being penetrated can be moved around weightlessly with the touch of a hand, which makes for super-easy (and fun!) adjustments. Positions like oral, rear penetration, and “69” are all possible in this swing, and the Trinity 360 Degree Spinning Sex Swing allows for even more versatility because it rotates smoothly in a complete circle.
Those into kink sometimes opt for something like the Extreme Sling by Strict Leather. This type of sex swing has a large leather area, almost like a hammock, for a person to lie on and evenly disperse their body weight. It has a padded head pillow and detachable stirrups for the feet, and there are attachment points on the straps that are ideal for bondage. The design is perfect for long, intense play sessions because of its comfort factor.
For those needing something more portable and easy to set-up, the Compact Door Love Swing by Frisky is an excellent choice. This kind of sex swing slips over the top of a door and locks securely once the door is closed. Lightweight but still sturdy, it supports up to 300 pounds and is a much less expensive option compared to their full-size counterparts, which makes it a great fit for people on a budget or those new to swings.
Sex Straps and Slings
Straps and slings allow partners to use support and leverage to get into and maintain difficult positions. The Stand and Deliver Sex Position Body Sling by Frisky makes sexy, stand-up positions a breeze: top straps hook around the giver’s shoulders, while the bottom straps wrap around the receiver’s thighs. The suspended position allows for deep controlled penetration and makes the receiver feel almost weightless. Partners can make love face-to-face without having to lie down in a traditional way, which helps maintain intimacy and closeness while enjoying an absolutely non-traditional sex position.
Some sex straps are strictly for leg support. They encourage stamina during lengthy sessions by taking strain off the hips and legs. The Sex Position Support Sling by STRICT fastens around the wearer’s shoulders and waist with adjustable leg straps that extend to the ankles. These straps are attached to padded ankle restraints, which allows the wearer to hold their legs open wide with ease and with-out pain or discomfort.
Similarly, the Padded Thigh Sling Position Aid by STRICT wraps around the neck and keeps the legs open with thigh straps. Though any of these straps can be used for BDSM play, there are some options made specifically to accommodate kinkier needs. Frisky’s Easy Access Positioning Sling with Wrist Cuffs is a kinkster’s dream: straps spread the thighs open while wrist restraints keep hands in a hogtie position behind the back. And the wearer can get strapped in super-fast, which is an added benefit.
Making Slings and Swings More Accessible
People steer away from what they are not familiar with. If you’re in a brick-and-mortar retail environment, make these products easy to see in action. Have one set up in-store, display pictures and pamphlets, and pull up demo videos for prospective customers.
Always keep in mind that although sex swings and slings often seem reserved for expert-level players, absolutely anyone can enjoy them. They’re especially great options for shoppers who are as vanilla it gets but need help accommodating a mobility issue — or even simply a bad back!
Sex slings and swings are an asset to anyone who has difficulty getting into or maintaining physically taxing sex positions, which includes older couples or people with disabilities. Inexpensive slings can give people some of the same benefits of sex furniture without the hefty price tag, and these sex tools lend themselves to dominance and bondage play. They’re sexy, easy to store and set up, and can bring bedroom play to the next level – no matter what experience level the users might be.