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8 Tips for Buying Your First Sex Swing

Published: AUGUST 25, 2016 | Updated: JUNE 29, 2021
A sex swing can turn a dull sex life upside down.

Seeking a hot new sexual experience? A sex swing allows you to experience standard sex positions in a brand new way. Not only can a swing help settle height or weight differences by removing those concerns from the positioning equation, but adding a sex swing to your standard sexual line-up can make sex feel even more adventurous. Consider it a swingset for adults. Whee!


Here we'll take a look at what you need to know before you hop on - and before you buy - your first sex swing.

Sex Swing Setup

Sex swings tend to be set up in a pretty logical way The standard design includes multiple straps that come off of an anchor point near the top. This anchor point will attach to your ceiling or sex swing stand, and the swing will hang off of that anchor point. This gives you quite a bit of free-feeling movement as the swing moves around this centered point.

Many swings provide soft, padded areas for your limbs (such as the ankles, wrists, head, butt, thighs, forearms, and more) that are attached to stronger, less-soft materials (usually nylon). These straps are usually adjustable in some manner to allow for the perfect set-up for your body shape and height - one that can change on-the-go as your own sex position desires change.


However, despite this basic design, there's still a lot of variance between the different types of sex swings. It can feel confusing when you're first looking to purchase one. You know it can go on the ceiling, and you know it can make for some crazy sex, but you find yourself lost after that point. Here are some tips to point you in the right direction.

Check the Weight Limit

The first thing you'll want to know is the weight limit. Especially if either you or your partner is full-bodied, you'll want to know exactly how much your sex swing can hold. If you ever plan on trying to use it to hold multiple people, make sure to take that into account too. Know how much "wiggle room" you have in the weight limit to ensure everyone stays in the air - and not a pile on a ground.

Think About the Attachment Point

Once you've figured out the weight limit, you'll need to figure out how you want to hang your swing. If you have the ability and know how to modify your home, you can hang the swing right from the ceiling. For your safety, however, make sure you follow all of the installation instructions especially when it comes to finding a sturdy ceiling point. If you don't have the knowledge to do that, you may want to consider picking up a sex swing stand from your favorite retailer as well. Make sure the swing you're interested in getting is small enough to fit into your proposed area.


8 Tips for Buying Your First Sex Swing
The Trinity Vibes Sex Swing is a basic product that can be suspended from the ceiling or from a stand.

Your Budget

While it might not be your favorite thing to think about, your budget will make a difference in the type of sex swing you can have. Some of the high-end swings can run over $600 while the lower-end swings can be around $100. Thinking about your budget and what you can afford will help you know what swings are even possibilities for your home. (Or, you could try building your own. Get some tips in Bringing Sexy Back to DIY: How to Build Your Own Sex Furniture.)

8 Tips for Buying Your First Sex Swing
With comfortable padded leather and complete back support, the Hawthorne Life Style Luxury Love Swing provides the ultimate experience.


Contemplate the Sex Swing's Support

Most sex swings offer some sort of padding, but the amount of padding can really vary between models. While some people like to supplement their sex swing's comfort by adding a pillow or even more padding, you can try to get the padding you need right from the start. Think about how soft and padded you'd like your swing's pads to be, and try to find reviews and manufacturer descriptions that match your ideal amount. As a general rule, the more padding the swing has, the more comfortable it will be.

Consider the Straps

How much suspension do you think you'll want your swing to provide? Do you want to suspend your legs? Do you want to suspend your arms? If you think placing all of your body weight on just the butt is going to be uncomfortable (as it will be on most sex swings for larger bodies), you may want to consider looking at a swing that offers thigh straps for extra support. The more straps and places that you can strap yourself in, the more dispersed your weight will be, and the more comfortable you'll be.

8 Tips for Buying Your First Sex Swing
The Sportsheets Door Jam Sex Sling has minimal strapping, but is easy to use and cleverly designed.


Sex Swing Colors

I'd love to tell you that this is like regular sex toy shopping where you have every color of the rainbow available to you, but unfortunately, that isn't the case. Most sex swings are made in black, animal print, or pink. You may be able to find other colors out there. Try to keep your favorite color ideas in mind while keeping an open mind.

Sex Swing Adjustability

Especially if you're going to be taking turns in the swing, regularly want to try new positions, or if you have multiple partners, you'll want to know how easy it is to adjust the straps of your swing. You want to be able to quickly lengthen or shorten the straps in an instant. If you'll mostly use the swing in the same position, you may not mind if you can save a bit of money with a swing that's harder to adjust. If you plan to adjust straps regularly, make sure to read the reviews and ensure your potential swing is equipped to handle your favorite activities.

Add Special Features

If you're into a bit of extra kinky fun, there are some special features that can be added to a sex swing. Some sex swings come complete with a full set of arm and leg restraints. Others may come complete with a bondage-look to complete your fantasies. Try to pick a swing that comes with special features that you'd enjoy taking advantage of.


With these ideas in mind, you should have a better idea about what sex swing will make the perfect addition to your bedroom. Keeping these things in mind as you shop, you'll be well on your way to finding something to fulfill all of your fantasies.

Mistress Kay

Mistress Kay has a fondness for all things sexual. With a house that's quickly running out of room for all of her reading and vibrating pleasures, she spends her free time reading, writing, and learning about the sexual universe with her partners. She can be reached at Kinky World.

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