Bondage Furniture: Not What You Think

Aug 18th, 2012 | By | Category: BDSM Ideas, Indigo Marr, Saturday Specials

mission-style chairOne of the most common search terms that brings people to MadisonKink is “BDSM Ideas”.  And a common question within that search deals with “apartment kink”–what can you do to create bondage furniture or other BDSM installations in an apartment.  We’ve talked about this breifly before. This time, we’ll get a little more specific.

The simplest solution can be summed up in two words:  Mission Style.

Mission Style Furniture

The “Mission style” of furniture is one that most people are familar with, even if they don’t know it by name.  The lead images in this article are all examples of Mission-style furniture (the tall-backed chair is technically “Craftsman style”, but they’re closely related)

According to Wikipedia:

Mission style is a design that emphasizes simple horizontal and vertical lines and flat panels that accentuate the grain of the wood (usually oak). […] The furniture maker Gustav Stickley produced Arts and Crafts furniture often referred to as being in the Mission Style […] This was plain oak furniture that was upright, solid, and suggestive of entirely handcrafted work […]

Craftsman style chairThe style is easily recognizable by its simple, open design, and–much to kinksters’ delight–prodigious use of vertical posts and slats.  Anyone with a bondage fetish can look at Mission-style furniture and instantly see the myriad possibilities for rope restraint.

Hide in Plain Sight

The wonderful thing about this furniture is that you don’t have to hide it.  Friends and family won’t think twice about seeing it in your living room.  They’ll probably even compliment you on your keen decorating sense.

Mission-style furniture is also very simple to find.  There are several furniture stores in Madison that carry high-quality (often Amish-made) Mission furniture.  Less expensive (and lower-quality) versions can be found from any number of online vendors.

Uses and Abuses

When looking into purchasing furniture that will double as bondage equipment, you need to ask yourself a few questions.  The first of these is simply “how much am I going to abuse this stuff?”  If you’re going to be doing some serious bondage where your partner(s) will be struggling a lot, you’ll want to go with some solidly-constructed hardwoods.  If you’re mostly going to be “making pretty tableaus”, then the cheap stuff is probably okay.  It is, however, better to have furniture that’s stronger than you’ll need, than to end up with something that snaps into kindling during that really intense orgasm.

mission-style coffee tableAnother question to ask is “how will I be using it?”  If, for example, your play involves blood, you’ll want to stay away from the cheap stuff and stick with the more solid hardwoods that have a good, waterproof finish.  Since this is private furniture, the concern here isn’t about pathogens, but rather stains.  Blood stains wood very easily, and there is no way to get it out.  Trying to explain the stains to your mother or the Avon lady might be difficult.

Keep Your Eyes Open

You don’t need to have special equipment in order to have serious–or playful–bondage fun.  Creative alternate uses of common furniture can bring a kinky twist to your conservative and family-friendly home.  So the next time you’re walking through Steinhafel’s or Don’s Home Furniture, take a closer look at what they have, and think about what you can do with it.


Editor’s Note:  Other styles that are related include Kushman, Frank-Lloyd Wright/Prairie style, Quaker and Pennsylvania Dutch, Colonial Spanish.

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