6 Restraints You Can Try (That Aren't Handcuffs)
Chances are, if someone says the word 'bondage restraints' to you, you'll be picturing a pair of sturdy metal handcuffs - and for good reason.
For many, they're a toy box staple, but handcuffs aren't the only means of restraining your partner during bondage play.
In fact, there are tons of different options for a little tie'n'tease fun, and all of them have different advantages.
So if you're in a bit of a bind over which restraint options to go for, don't worry - we've picked out our top six restraints to diversify your bedroom bondage.
Never has there been such a perfect 'one-size-fits-all' restraint, because you can cut the Lovehoney Black Bondage Tape to the exact length you require.
Unlike normal tape that you'd find at a hardware shop, this bondage tape is smart and made especially for adult activities. It will only stick to itself, so you won't be left with any sticky adhesive on your skin. Plus, you won't have to worry about any arm or leg hair getting unexpectedly ripped out.
If you are careful when you remove it you can also use it again, which makes it a fantastic restraint to get to grips with in the bedroom.
I promise you now, this is the most fun you'll ever have with 5 metres of soft cotton rope.
The Bondage Boutique Soft Bondage Rope is perfect for those who are very familiar with bondage.
It's ideal for restraining wrists or ankles securely, without a whole lot of extra rope trailing around to ruin your scene.
Plus, it's both strong and beautiful, with a gorgeous matte finish that looks good and prevents slippage. Regret this purchase? I think 'knot'!
Just make sure you know what you're doing before you explore rope play. This is an advanced restraint that should only be used by those with experience.
Bind wrists to ankles and arms to legs with the Purple Reins Double Leg & Arm Restraint Set. This toy makes it all about the bum, so if you love your partner's derriere, these restraints could be the ones for you!
Unlike handcuffs, these restraints fold your partner's entire body in half, making for an extra-sweet submission.
Each strap fastens thanks to that marvellous invention – Velcro! Velcro also makes these cuffs ideal for bondage beginners, so this is truly a restraint that everyone can enjoy.
This is one restraint that will keep both you and your lover trembling with ecstasy. The Purple Reins 20 Inch Spreader Bar leaves you feeling deliciously vulnerable, keeping your legs spread during play.
The adjustable ankle cuffs are lined with foam, and the nylon-covered metal bar between them keeps your legs apart.
There's also get an O-ring in the centre attached to the spreader bar, so you can combine this toy with other restraints for customised pleasure.
Speedy and silky smooth – what more could you ask for in a pair of restraints? The Lovehoney Oh! Silky Bondage Restraints are 49.5 inches in length and are perfect for restraining the wrists or ankles.
These restraints are also beginner-friendly, as they come with a pre-looped tip at one end so that you and your partner can easily transition between restraint and freedom.
All you need is a mattress, and voila! You've got a Fifty Shades of Grey-style boudoir in the making.
Simply position the Bondage Boutique Bound to Please Under Mattress Restraint where it belongs (i.e under the mattress, it's not rocket science) and adjust the straps to your liking.
The wrist and ankle cuffs are lined with luxurious faux fur for extra comfort, and with the easy-to-operate lobster clasps, you can always detached the cuffs from the restraint and use them in conjunction with other toys instead.
Handcuffs make for a great evening in, but they aren't the only restraint on the market. Check out the Handcuffs & Restraints section of the Lovehoney site to find out what you're missing out on!
Audrey Andrews is a student blogger for Lovehoney. In her spare time she loves to do craft, but would not advise knitting your own condoms.
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