Lately I’ve been writing down my thoughts on various bondage products and vendors for the bondage equipment reviews portion of this site. In the process of doing this, I’ve been thinking about places to get bondage gear and supplies, and I thought I’d share my thoughts with you.

  • I expect you already know this if you’re reading this blog, but the best place to get bondage gear right now is online. That’s part of what I’ve been writing reviews about–online retailers that specialize in BDSM supplies. There are lots of them. If you’re interested in seeing which ones Joy and I have patronized and what we think of them, you can find a list of reviews on our bondage supplier page.
  • Though online is the most obvious place for you to look, there are other options. There are still some retail shops out there in various strip malls across the country that sell sex toys, and many of them carry at least a smattering of bondage gear. Selection is usually poor (mostly it’s entry-level stuff), and quality is often hit-or-miss. But you could find at least a few items to get you started if you looked.
  • Another, less obvious place to pick things up is the neighborhood hardware store. Snap hooks, rope and chain can all easily be found here. Take a stroll down the aisles and you may also see other things that give you ideas.
  • The other way I’ve been successful obtaining bondage equipment is by making it myself. It’s relatively easy, for instance, to add connection points to an existing bedframe. If you want to be more ambitious, constructing a St. Andrews cross is certainly within the realm of possibility–it’s basically a person-sized “x” with connection points at the corners. And over the past several weeks I’ve been building another bondage furniture project, which is nearing completion. I’m basically down to the sanding, finishing and hardware installation at this point. I’ll share pictures when I get it done. The two skillsets I can see coming in most handy for do-it-yourself gear are woodworking and sewing. If you have either or both of those capabilities, you can probably create some of your own, custom items.
  • From the point of view of convenience, however, you can’t beat the online vendors. You can find just about anything you want without ever leaving your chair, and it will be delivered right to your door. It’s only when I can’t find an item that I want (perhaps because it doesn’t exist yet?) or if it’s simply too expensive that I resort to building my own.

    Enjoy yourself,

    Jake

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