How to Tie BDSM Ropes Safely

Maintaining a safe environment is crucial for any rope bondage session. You should have safety EMS scissors within reach and make sure you can get to them easily if your partner is writhing or trying to escape the ropes.

Single column ties are great for restraining a specific body part, like the wrists or ankles. They can also be used to restrain a leg or arm to a bed.

Inline Single Column Tie

This is a beautiful tie that makes the bottom feel hugged tightly and highlights curves on the arms. It also increases sensitivity in the breasts and heightens pleasure for both top and bottom. This is often used for chest bondage and can be modified into full breast restraint if the bottom is willing.

For this tie, you will need a length of rope that is 10 to 30 feet long. Use a soft rope like cotton or hemp that is flexible and can leave marks without hurting the skin (or causing unnecessary pain).

Begin by finding the bight of the rope. Wrap it around the bottom’s wrist two times (above the joint to avoid circulation problems) and make sure there is room for a couple fingers to slip between the ropes and the wrist. Cross the bight over the working ends at the top and center of the wrists. Then, pass the rope through behind both sets of ropes and up to the front. Form a few extra half hitches and tuck the rope tail.

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Single Column Cuffs

This is one of the best tie options for cuffing your partner’s wrists together, but it can also be used to restrain their legs or torso. It’s a great choice for bottoms who may need to be restricted due to injury or health reasons. It’s also very fast to tie, making it ideal for quick fun and bondage with a new bottom.

Start by tying a single column on the wrist, above the joint. Leave a couple fingers’ width of space between the rope and the skin to prevent cutting off circulation.

Wrap the bight around the wrist and back through the opposite side of the wraps, making sure to create another loop with the working ends (the ends that are being used to tie the knot). Next, cross the bight over the two working ends and pull tight to lock it in place.

Repeat this process on the other wrist and then on the thighs and ankles to create a cuff. Be sure that your cuffs are snug, but not too tight, as this could cause injury.

Lark’s Head/Half Hitch Combo

This is a great knot to use for binding the ankles, and also a good one for securing the arms. It’s a fairly difficult knot to learn, but it looks beautiful and can highlight curves on the body. It can also be used to create a full body harness if needed.

Leaving a finger or two of space between the skin and the rope is essential to avoid cutting off circulation. This is particularly important in areas like the wrists, knees, and thighs, where nerves are most exposed. Always pay attention to the bottom’s feelings and ask if they are experiencing any tingling, coldness, or burning in their limbs. Doing so ensures they know to notify the top if it gets too painful.

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Be sure to always have a pair of safety scissors on hand and make sure you have the right length of rope for your partner’s build. Also, be sure to always check in with your partner and have hashed out their experience level, limitations, and boundaries before you bring out the ropes.

Inline Double Column Tie

This is one of the simplest and safest types of shibari ties. It’s also quick to tie and it helps develop a feel for binding. If you are a newbie to rope bondage, this is the tie we would recommend trying first.

The single column tie is tied around a single column on the body (like an arm, ankle, or a wrist and leg together). This can be useful to restrain your bottom and tease them while they are bound, or for tops that don’t have full shoulder mobility.

The double column tie is tied similarly to the single column tie, but with a cinch in the middle. This creates a tighter and more curved knot, which is incredibly seductive to both the top and the bottom. It’s a great way to highlight curves and make your partner feel hugged tightly. Just make sure you tie it firmly, but not so tight that it restricts their movement. Also, remember to leave a few feet of rope after the knot to allow them to move, should they need to.

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Inline Triple Column Tie

A triple column tie is a methodical and beautiful way to restrain your bottom. It can be used around the wrists, thighs or torso. It looks lovely on the bottom and heightens sensitivity in that area of the body. It also adds a sense of confinement for the submissive, which can be very pleasent to some.

As always, when tying any type of bondage knot it is important to have informed and enthusiastic consent from your partner. It is also a good idea to have a safeword or other ways of communicating when the bottom wants out of the binds. It is also a good idea to check the skin for marks and scratches, apply lotions or ointments if needed and have something to eat or drink.

As with all ties, it is important to be careful not to put too much pressure on one spot or chafe the skin. Always remember that wrist joints (particularly those of the hands) can lose circulation if you’re not careful. Be sure to use rope that won’t chafe and don’t leave your partner in positions that could cause damage or cut off circulation.

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