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A play space is any designated area used as the setting for a BDSM scene. It may be a space permanently furnished with sex furniture and other fixtures designed for BDSM scenes or a space that’s only occasionally used for BDSM play. A play space could also be an outdoor space, such as a secluded spot in the woods, or even a space in a mode of transport, such as a private jet or delivery van.
A play space may also be called a playroom or dungeon space.
Play spaces can take many forms. Dungeons, set up permanently for BDSM activity, are among the best known. However, spaces that occasionally host BDSM scenes, like hotel rooms, conference centers, and ballrooms can also be play spaces. A play space might be a single room or an entire building. A play space could also be an outdoor space, such as a secluded spot in the woods, or even a space in a mode of transport, such as a private jet or delivery van.
Play spaces often have sex furniture and fixtures, like spanking benches, bondage chairs, suspension points for bondage, cages, and St. Andrews crosses. They may have chests full of sex toys and closets with fetish clothes for dressing up. However, play spaces may have no sex furniture or equipment at all, especially if they aren’t always used for BDSM play. While room for sex is crucial, play spaces also typically have space for non-sexual activities, like cuddling, aftercare, and simply socializing.
A good play space is essential for members of the BDSM community. Professional BDSM sex workers typically work at established fetish dungeons, which have all the equipment required for a satisfying client experience. Members of the BDSM community may transform one of the rooms in their home into a play space for scenes with a partner or friends.
Everyone who enters play spaces agree to adhere to certain rules or standards of behavior. These rules are typically much more exhaustive and stringent than in a bar or club, as there is a greater potential for physical and psychological harm. These rules typically concern topics like consent, the use of safe words and signals, modes of address, and preferred and unacceptable behavior. People who break the rules will be asked to leave the play space and may be unable to return.