Tying up your partner in the bedroom is what many people find very exciting and exciting. With many BDSM enthusiasts, you will find a piece of rope in the bedside table as standard. If you start with bondage, you should know that not every rope is suitable for bondage games and you cannot use every rope for every type of bondage. What’s up with that?

Western bondage vs. oriental bondage

The first thing you will have to deal with is the type of bondage you want to use. You have a western and an eastern style. The western bondage is mainly intended to tie a sub so that the dominant can fully proceed, for example for actions such as tickling or spanking. In western bondage you mainly use a single piece of rope and knots that you learn during scouting. Eastern bondage is more about tying up as an art form. Above all, it should look elegant and aesthetic. Eastern bondage therefore does not work with knots but with frictions. Your sub will stay tied thanks to the frictional force of rope against rope. Eastern bondage requires twisted rope instead of braided rope. So first check which style you want to use.

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Natural rope vs. synthetic rope

Basically you have two different rope types: natural and synthetic. Which type you use depends entirely on the nature of the bondage. Do you only want to tie your partner’s wrists or should the rope also be suitable for hanging bondage? Cotton, hemp, jute and flax are examples of natural rope types and have a considerably lower tensile strength than synthetic ropes. Nylon, plastic and silicone are examples of synthetic ropes. The difference lies not only in the pulling force, but also in the service life. For example, natural ropes last only two years, while synthetic ropes, if properly cared for, last about five years. A plus of natural rope types is that they have an authentic and traditional look, which often makes them look more beautiful than synthetic ropes.We will highlight the rope types for you, so that you can make the best possible choice later.

Natural rope types

Experienced BDSM people often use more natural rope types. Which often depends on the application.

Jute : A jute rope is very strong and durable. Still, the material is very flexible, feels a little coarse on the skin, has a lot of friction and little stretch. With good jute treatment, it can feel soft on the skin. It is even possible to paint this material because the eye also wants something. The only drawback to this material is that you have to replace it regularly.

Hemp : A hemp rope has the same properties as jute, only it smells stronger and is a bit heavier. There is practically no stretch in hemp rope. It is therefore, if properly maintained, suitable for more advanced bondages. It is a lot rougher on the skin than cotton and it contains a lot of maintenance. Still, this bondage rope is very popular because it looks beautiful. For example, this rope is widely used in Japanese bondage photos.

Cotton : The big plus of cotton is the softness of this material. It is gentle on the skin and will not burn easily if it is pulled quickly against the skin. It is therefore a good choice for beginners. Cotton is very flexible, has good friction and is slightly stretchy. Unfortunately, cotton is not very strong and it is therefore not recommended to use it with advanced bondages. For example, you could use a cotton rope to tie your sub to the bars of the bed.

Flax : Braided flax is a good alternative to jute and hemp, but is less suitable for an oriental bondage. The material is quite strong, smooth and lasts quite a long time. Flax rope is especially useful for the simple, western bondage techniques.

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Hemp Bondage Rope – 10 Meters

Synthetic rope types

Synthetic rope types are usually stronger and easier to maintain than natural materials. Many beginners therefore use synthetic rope types because of the many advantages. It is cheap, easily available (hardware stores), easy to clean and simple to use.

Nylon : A nylon rope is very flexible and slightly stretchy. It feels soft on the skin and generally has little friction. It is therefore a good choice if you are new to bondage ropes. The only drawback is that it is difficult to tie a tight knot with nylon rope because it has little friction. The knots therefore loosen quickly and are certainly not suitable for advanced bondages. Nylon is especially suitable for use on the bed or on the floor.

Plastic : Rope made of plastic is a bit flexible, but often feels rougher making it unpopular to use with bondage. One option is to use PVC bondage tape. This tape shines slightly, is available in several colors and has the plus that it only sticks to itself and not to body hairs.

Climbing rope : A favorite when it comes to synthetic rope types is the climbing rope. This rope is very strong because it is also used by mountain climbers. It hardly stretches and is therefore very suitable for hanging bonds. It is generally a bit smoother and therefore less suitable for frictions.

Silicone : There is even rope made of silicone. This material feels soft, but is quite stiff. The rope is easy to adjust, a little stretchy and therefore especially suitable for quickly tying someone’s hands or feet.

Nylon Bondage Rope – 15 Meters
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What requirements must a rope meet for bondage?

Ropes are available in different thicknesses. If you don’t want accidents, always go for ropes with a thickness of 6 millimeters. The longer and firmer a bondage is, the thicker the rope must be. With a long and firm bondage it is better to use a rope with a thickness of 8 to 10 millimeters. Don’t forget to use your brains when you tie someone up!