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Stand and Deliver: 5 Standing Sex Positions

Published: SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 | Updated: JANUARY 25, 2024
Experts say we need to spend less time sitting. So here are 5 super-hot standing sex positions to help you make use of those feet of yours.

Don’t have a bed handy? Not a chair in sight? Table not strong enough? The pool is being cleaned? Your favorite piece of dungeon furniture needing a good polish?


Oh, let’s not be silly: sure, having sex standing up is a great option for all kinds of situations, but best of all, it can be a lot (and we mean a lot) of fun all on it’s own!

So, without further ado, here’s our guide to the positions, as well as what to watch out for, when having sex on your own two feet!

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A Quick Word of Warning

Let’s get this out of the way before getting to the fun part: there are some pretty important safety things to keep in mind when you want to play standing up.


The good news is that these aren’t “OMG disaster!” accidents, but rather, "important things to keep in mind."

The first, and biggest, is kind of a no-brainer: when you’re fooling around standing up your balance can sometimes be hard to maintain. Especially considering that your mind will be focused on other—much sexier—things.

Plus, when you and your partner are finished, your legs can get real wobbly.


Because of this, try to be aware of your surroundings! In particular, avoid unforgiving furniture with sharp edges, brutally hard floors, dangerously close glass doors and tabletops, and stuff-like-that-there.

If any of these are present where you’ll be fooling around, then a little protection should be in order: blankets, pillows, chair cushions, and such, are perfect. In fact, even if there aren’t any obvious environmental risks a bit of precaution is still in order—even if it’s just putting a few soft things on the floor.

All of this is true even if you’re using a wall for leverage as there will always be a risk of someone dramatically collapsing afterward.


With that out of the way, let’s begin with the first, and the simplest, standing sex position: all hands on deck.

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Mutual Masturbation

Alright, that “all hands on deck” line was (at best) way too silly, but the idea is still sound; a fantastic way to try out vertical sex is to begin by playing around with some mutual masturbation.


The big benefit of this is that it’s a perfect way to try out your balancing skills before trying something a bit more elaborate. An even bigger benefit is that jacking and/or jilling off with someone can be majorly arousing.

The how really depends on what you are your partner are up to trying. Options include self-masturbation with a partner either watching or helping out with kissing, breast play, buttock kneading, massaging, and/or caressing—or you both can self-pleasure at the same time.

You can also masturbate each other, which can be extra-arousing when both your excitement levels match up. Fun and even more fun!


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Putting Your Mouth to Work

The next position to try is (and pretty obvious considering the name of this section) oral with one person kneeling in front of the other (giving) and one person standing (receiving).

diagram of middle stump oral sex position

For those with vaginas on the receiving end, this can occasionally be a bit tricky, what with the balancing thing and all. Because of this, it’s recommended that if it is challenging to maintain a freestanding position, try leaning up against a wall instead.

Besides that way when the coming comes, you can just slide down the wall rather than collapse into a heap on the floor.

Another nice thing about this position is that the giving person can also please themselves at the same time. Add to this that either party can utilize a variety of sex toys, and you have the recipe for a gloriously exciting vertical sex scene.

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The Leaning Penetration

If partner penetration is your favorite, then this position is well work a try!

Here, one partner leans against a wall or a similar surface while their partner enters them. Usually from behind but if the parties involved are limber and pretty damned strong, then it can be done face to face as well.

The trick here is in finding the right angle, which more often than not depends on the sex play involved (vaginal, anal, or such) as well as the body-types and/or physical limitations of everyone involved.

Sometimes this can be both people standing pretty much straight up, but for others, it might require different angles to make it comfortable.

diagram of standing rear penetration sex position

By the way, even though this section is called “The leaning penetration” actual insertion of anything doesn’t have to be the focus. Frottage, sex with clothing, as well as rubbing genitals together or playing with sex toys—like with strap-ons—are always wonderful options.

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A Leg Up

The next is a perfect leg-up into more advanced positions by, you guessed it, lifting one leg.

If you’re thinking penetration can be the goal of this then you’re not wrong, but, as with the “the leaning penetration” position before this, don’t feel that’s all this has to be.

diagram of lustful leg sex position

The idea here is that the partners face each other, with one lifting a leg to give better access to their genital area while locking their arms around the neck of the other partner to lift themselves up—and taking some of the stress off them having to do all of the lifting.

A wall, yet again, is probably a great idea with this one as many can find balancing on one leg difficult—even with the help of a partner.

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The Full Embrace

This position can take more than a bit of skill, as well as some considerable degree of strength but, as with so many of these positions, using a wall or using some other kind of support can be a huge benefit.

diagram of ascent to desire sex position

A great way to think about this position is that it’s “a leg up” plus one; it’s a natural progression from having one leg up to lifting both. As with the position before this one, the receiving partner locks their arms around the neck of their partner to support themselves.

Speaking of support, also consider using a sex swing so one person can be completely relaxed and totally … well, supported, while the other partner is standing.

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Standing Tall

For whatever reason… actually, you never really need a reason, to give standing sex a whirl!

After all, as with everything and anything regarding erotic play, it’s all about trying new things, working out the kinks (or putting them in), and finding out what works for you.

So while our article is over (for now), get out there and try this, that, and lots of other things!

Keep it safe! Never forget that sometimes things just don’t work out, but, most of all whether you're standing, sitting, laying down, or everything betwixt and/or between, have fun!

M. Christian

M.Christian is an author who has been published in science fiction, fantasy, horror, thrillers, and even nonfiction, but it is in erotica that M.Christian has become an acknowledged master, with stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and in fact too many anthologies, magazines, and sites to name. M.Christian's short fiction has been collected in many bestselling books in a wide variety...

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