BDSM torture is an interesting world to explore. Hopefully the first time you go to a BDSM dungeon or sex party, a dungeon monitor or other helpful person will take you on the grand tour and show off all the fun places to play. In my experience, established dungeons do this for all new people (to the lifestyle or the dungeon). In case you don’t get a tour or if you’re really curious about what’s inside but haven’t worked up the courage to go (no courage needed, kinksters are fun people!), here’s some of the most common things you’ll find at a dungeon.

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1. St. Andrew’s Cross

One of the most common items in dungeons and personal playrooms is the St. Andrew’s Cross. It’s a fairly simple piece of equipment - a giant X made out of wood. Some are covered in vinyl upholstery or other easy-to-clean fabric. Either O or D rings will be attached to each corner so that the submissive or bottom can be “secured” to it by their wrists and/or ankles. It’s great for flogging, whipping, or simply putting a person on display. While many people prefer to face away from the room (and towards the Cross), sometimes a devious Dominant will place their submissive so the front part of their body is most accessible. This also means they can see everyone who’s watching them.

2. Spanking Bench

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bdsm torture - spanking benchAnother common station at the dungeon is the spanking bench. You may see a few of these, and they’re almost always in use. A top or submissive can straddle the bench in a number of different ways. My personal favorite is to be on all fours on “top” of the bench. My Dominant gets easy access to my ass and back, and I can collapse against the bench or writhe and hump it, depending on where we’re at in the scene. Not everyone uses the bench for spankings. Like the Cross, floggings, whippings, and other types of impact and sensation play can occur. As well as other sexual, orgasmic fun - if that’s what you and your partner are into (and if the dungeon allows it).

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3. Sensory Deprivation Box/Coffin

bdsm torture - sensory deprivation boxIn my favorite club, we have a giant box that’s often used in mummification play. When not in use, it doubles as a bench for people to sit on - and sometimes when it is being used. The sub or bottom is placed in the box and closed in. It’s dark, it’s quiet, and it can freak out the person who doesn’t like it (or is new to it) or quiet the mind of the person who enjoys the sensory deprivation. Either way, it’s definitely used in both mind fuck play and physical play. I’ve also heard of Doms threatening to put a misbehaving sub inside for a timeout. Of course, like all play, it needs to be consensual and you need to know what you’re doing or have someone around who can help you.

4. Massage Table

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In your dungeon, it might not be an old re-purposed massage table, but some other flat service. The purpose is the same, though. A bottom or sub is flat on their stomach or back for whatever fun thing is about to happen. Wax and fire play are two ways to use the table. Sensual massage, edging, forced orgasms, and other sensation play are also good on the table. Again, before engaging in anything messy or sexual, check the rules.

The doctor is in...


5. Medical Corner

A few medical charts, a partition, and a medical exam table, and you’ve got the makings of a good doctor/nurse or doctor/patient role play scene. Medical corners are also good for needle and blood play, enema play, other medical-based fetishes, and BSDM torture techniques. Sometimes, it’s just a good corner to bend a sassy sub over and spank their ass for not following “doctor’s orders” too.

6. Suspension Bars

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bdsm torture - suspension barSuspension bars come in many forms. Sometimes it’s a full bar set-up (similar to a swingset minus the swings) that sits in the middle of the dungeon floor. Other times, it’s a couple of chains and a three-foot long bar that’s hanging from the ceiling. Larger and sturdier suspension bars are good for rope suspension and other rope play. My first experience with one was in a club with a large floor space. A Dominant bound his submissive with rope and then suspended her from the bar. Her legs were bound open. He was able to spin her (while bound) and each time she came around, he smacked her pussy with his hand. It was hot!

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Another function is to hook a sub’s or bottom’s cuffs to a smaller bar so that their arms are over their head. This gives the Dominant or top full access to their partner from all sides. Again, sensation and impact play are good for this one as the Dom gets to come at the sub from any angle. It also makes it easier for multiple tops to join in - another personal favorite of mine.

7. Cages

Not every kinkster has a thing for cages, but enough of us do that it’s not unusual to see a giant cage or crate in a dungeon or at a party. Misbehaving subs might get put inside. Furries may spend time in the cage. Simply sitting in the cage until a top or Dom decides it’s time to come out can be the scene or the prelude to the scene. As with all the other stations, no couple or group should use it for too long (again, check the rules at your dungeon) but 30 minutes in a cage, being “ignored” or, alternately, taunted and gawked at, might be all someone needs to get their kink on.

That's not all folks...


Like I said before, this isn’t every single thing you’ll see in a dungeon. The bigger the space, the more there is to play with. In some cases, you may only see one or two of these items. But if you were curious (or worried) about how people play at the dungeon, this will give you a good idea. Of course, the best education is to go and observe. You may find the equipment you can’t wait to try once you get there.

 

Kayla Lords is a freelance writer, sex blogger, and a masochistic babygirl living the 24/7 D/s life. Follow her on her website or on Twitter @Kaylalords.
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