What is a “Dungeon”?
A dungeon is a space used in BDSM for conducting play or scenes. A dungeon can be in the form of a residential basement, an old warehouse secured by BDSM organizations for play for their members, or basically any empty space that can be refurbished to suit the demands and settings of a BDSM setting.
Dominants are likely the ones to keep and maintain a dungeon. In other instances, a ProDom house requires the employment of staff responsible for the care of the facilities and equipment used in BDSM.
The Purpose of Dungeons in BDSM
Dungeons serve as a safe place for the equipment and accessories used during sexual acts. It also serves as a safe and appropriate space for Doms and subs to be able to perform their erotic plays with as little disruptions as possible. They also provide a space for bondage or other specialized equipment to reside, that otherwise may be out of place in a home.
A usual dungeon is commonly filled with attachments for cuffs and shackles, BDSM furniture and devices for bondage. The setup depends upon the preferences of the one who owns the dungeon. Some dungeons are elaborately designed while some look like any other BDSM dungeon. Most have furniture that would otherwise be too bulky to have in a home or private setting. Common BDSM furniture you will find in a dungeon are:
- A-Frames or X Frames
- Bondage Beds
- Cages or Kennels
- Bondage Horses
- Spanking Benches
- Vacuum Beds
- St. Andrews Crosses
Dungeon events are a common occurrence in BDSM communities. Many dungeons are permanent installations but a temporary one can be set up for events, parties, or on a session by session basis. In larger metropolitan areas, some well equipped dungeons rent out furniture or equipment on a case by case basis.
Dos, Don’ts & Tips
For dungeons run or created by BDSM organizations, a dungeon monitor is usually appointed. Dungeon monitors are individuals responsible for maintaining and upholding responsible and safe play in the dungeon. When attending a BDSM or dungeon event, participants must contact the dungeon staff before arriving. This is because dungeons are not open for public use. As such, there are specific entry requirements that must be fulfilled in order to be granted entrance.
When building a dungeon for BDSM, among the important factors that need careful consideration include the budget, theme, and space. How big will the dungeon be? What will be the theme? What equipment will be included in the room? Will it be intended for private use and for a limited number of individuals only? Or will it be used interchangeably for group settings as well?
More importantly, safety measures must be incorporated in the creation of a dungeon, regardless of the size, location, and frequency at which it will be used.
Related Practices & Fetishes
Fetish clubs are otherwise known as entertainment hubs that are created specifically for the celebration and expression of specific sexual interests, and fetishes. It can either be social clubs and/or night clubs. BDSM is one of the most common sexual practices with several established fetish clubs. Fetish clubs in BDSM often come together in an assigned dungeon secured or created by the BDSM organization responsible for holding the club/event.
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