What Is an “A-Frame”?
An A-Frame is a type of BDSM bondage furniture commonly found in dungeons. It is used for punishment and bondage. Similar to a downward dog position in yoga, the sub lays on the A-Frame, with their head pointed downward and their buttocks facing up. Comprised of wooden beams in the shape of a capital A or upside down V, it allows the sub to be completely submissive and immobile, relenting all control to the Dom. The Dom can choose to use bondage on the sub, constricting the sub’s movement even more.
The A-Frame is a perfect furniture to use for spanking and other forms of punishment.
Like many other BDSM torture devices, inspiration came from actual torture devices throughout history used in prisons. Their use outside of BDSM dates back many hundreds of years and are depicted in multiple cultures.
The A-Frame is part of the Cross family of BDSM furniture. A-Frames vary in materials but the most common version is made of wooden beams. Most have rings or fixed points to which a submissive can be tied to using rope, shackles, handcuffs, etc.
The A Frame is versatile and allows for many kinds of BDSM plays. Most commonly it is used in flogging, spanking, or other types of corporal punishment. Because of its A-Shape and empty center, the sub can tease the Dom a little by moving or arching away from the Dom’s punishment.
Dos and Don’ts
- Due to their unstable design, A-Frame should be affixed to a wall or an overhead support beam.
- Submissives should not be made to suspend from an A Frame, though they can be made to stand on their toes only, if their arms are affixed to the top point of the A-Frame.
- As with all bondage, proper attention to circulation must be maintained.
- All bondage furniture and equipment should be cleaned between uses and properly maintained.
Related Practices & Fetishes
Saint Andrew’s Cross is an X shapes bondage equipment furniture in which the sub is tied to against a way.
The bondage horse or bondage bed are other types of BDSM furniture used to keep subs in bondage.