Traditionally only reserved for the most hardcore of us, sex swings are becoming more and more mainstream with each passing year. No longer do these devices need to be hidden away in some secret room of our house. It’s becoming easier and easier to have a sex swing set up which is easily taken apart and hidden when you have guests in your home.
But where do you even start if you’re interested in sex swings? How do you use them? Are they safe?
We aim to answer all this and more in this beginner’s guide…
What is a sex swing?
In case you’re a complete beginner who’s never heard of sex swings before (where have you been?), we’ll start with the basics.
Sex swings are devices which look a lot like a small hammock. Instead of lying down in them though, you sit. They will usually feature places to put your feet, which can help give your partner access to your body while you’re on it.
Parts of a Sex Swing
Each sex swing consists of a few simple parts. First, and perhaps most obviously, you’ll need somewhere to sit.
There are a few different styles of seat your swing can have. Most will either have a hammock style seat, which is usually made completely of fabric, or platforms, which are more rigid. Platforms usually have a wooden or metal base, and will have some kind of cushion on top to make it comfortable.
Some will just have straps, which support your body weight, instead of a proper seat. These tend to be much less common though.
Next, your swing will have a set of supports which will hold it up. These are most commonly made of metal chains, or leather straps.
Finally, the swing will include a method of fixing it to either your roof, door, another person, or a sex swing stand.
If you’re looking for something a bit more extravagent, then there are many additional features that a sex swing may have, such as stirrups for your feet, or straps to hold your hands in place.
When you choose your swing, you may also need to purchase a stand separately. This is only if you don’t want to attach it to your walls or door.
Why do people use sex swings?
With the basics out of the way, the question on most people’s minds will be “why?”. A sex swing isn’t like other sex toys where you can keep it in a drawer and quickly grab it for a little fun. They take a lot more effort and preparation, and even need to be mounted in some way.
The first, and perhaps simplest reason to try a sex swing is that they can be great fun! Being able to quickly change from position to position, or using the momentum the swing generates to add a little oomph to your sex can give everyone a great time!
Beyond this though, there are many other reasons to use a sex swing. Common examples include:
- Being able to get into positions that are difficult or impossible in a bed.
- Enjoying the feeling of weightlessness during sex.
- If you suffer from disabilities or mobility problems, sex swings can make sex a lot easier.
- Enjoying the extra force you can have sex with thanks to the swings momentum.
- Making sex easier if you and your partner are significantly different heights.
- And much, much more…
Benefits of Sex Swings
Using a sex swing isn’t just fun, they can carry many benefits to your sex life simply by using them!
For most people, the biggest benefit of a sex swing will simply be the versatility and freedom it gives you during sex. We’ve all been in the horrible situation where you try and spice up your sex life by trying a new and exciting position, only to find it too difficult to do. Before long, you’ve given up on sex entirely as any arousal you were experiencing has disappeared.
This can have a knock on effect on your sex life, as you become less interested in trying new things, and stick to what’s safe. Over time you can become bored of doing the same things, and have sex less and less frequently until eventually, your sex life is non-existant!
Sex swings can completely solve these problems, by making it much easier to try out different positions. Once you get started, you’ll quickly find that you’re more and more willing to try out even more adventurous things. Before long, you’ll be having the best sex of your life!
Not only are you able to try out more adventurous positions, but you’ll find that you can stay in these positions much longer! You’ll be less encumbered by gravity, so a lot less strain is placed on your body.
Alongside the sexual benefits, swings can also offer some health benefits too! If you suffer from any long term injuries that affect your mobility, sex can often be difficult or painful. It may even make your condition worse!
Using a sex swing can make sex much more comfortable in these situations, and massively reduce the strain on key areas such as your back. This make sex more enjoyable than ever, even when you’re not feeling 100%.
For people with disabilities, particularly those which affect their mobility, sex swings can be even more vital. These people can regain much of their freedom to enjoy sex by using a swing, letting them enjoy positions that would have been impossible before.
Sex Swing Tips
There are a few simple things you can do to make your sex swing experience as great as possible.
- Decide where you want to put your sex swing before you buy it.
- Measure the area carefully to make sure the swing will fit. Remember to include extra space so you can move around while you use the swing.
- If fitting the swing to your ceiling or wall, make sure that the area will be able to support the weight without damage.
- Follow any instructions that come with your sex swing while fitting.
- Check all fittings and straps for damage, and make sure they aren’t tangled, before every use.
- Press down on the seat to make sure the swing can carry your weight before climbing into it.
- Never go over the weight limit of any sex swing.
- If you live in a rented house, and aren’t allowed to modify the building, consider getting a sex swing with a stand or a door sex swing.
- Consider how you’re going to use your sex swing. Depending on your preferences, you may want a swing with more comfort, extra straps to tie you down, or 360 degree movement.
How Big Are Sex Swings?
A common question people who are new to sex swings will have, is how much space will they take up. This can be a big factor when it comes to choosing which swing you buy.
Luckily, the size of your sex swing can be mostly up to you. Depending on which type you like, how much movement you want, and what materials the swing is made of.
Even if you live in a really small apartment, there will still be a swing that will fit. You can also take it down between uses to help save space.
The smallest swings will only need enough space for you and your partner to stand together. These are body swings, which simply hang over one person’s body and help to support the other person for things like standing sex.
On the other end of the scale, the largest swings can take up a lot more space. If you want a swing that hangs from your ceiling, and can swing in all directions, you’ll probably want a space of at least 6ft by 6ft.
Sex Swing Safety
When using a sex swing, it’s important to take the proper care to stay safe at all times. As the swing will be taking your entire weight, and sometimes your partners entire weight too, an accident can be very costly. You might even cause serious injury!
The most important safety tip for any sex swing is never to exceed the max weight that your swing is supposed to hold. Doing so can put too much strain on both the straps and fixings, which is an easy way to break your swing and have a fall.
Before climbing into your sex swing, you should also make sure that all the fixings and straps are secure and not tangled. Even if you leave your swing up between uses, it’s very easy for things to become tangled.
If you’re sure everything is in good condition, start by pressing down on the seat before you climb in. You shouldn’t use all your body weight at this stage, but enough to be confident that the swing won’t fall down.
You should also pay close attention to any instructions that come with your sex swing. Some swings need to be installed in certain places, or hung at specific heights. Failing to follow these could make your swing unsafe to use.
Some sex swings come with attached springs, and often might recommend that you remove the spring. This should never be done. The springs that come with your swing helps to absorb the shock that naturally comes with getting on, or stopping, the swing. Without it, you may suffer pain or injury thanks to this change in force.
Don’t Be Intimidated By Sex Swings!
Even though there’s a lot to think about with sex swings, try not to be discouraged. Once you get the hang of them, swings can give you some of the most enjoyable sexual experiences ever!
If you’re interested, but not sure which kind of sex swing is best for you, check out our guide to the many different types available!