When it comes to creative sex positions done away from your bed, a table has got to be up there on the list. For starters, everyone has one, if not several (yes, I'm counting desks here people), and the opportunities are basically endless: You can do it standing up, leaning against the table, sitting, and of course, straight-up lying on it.
Not only is table sex a great way to keep things fun and sexy with your partner, it also allows for deeper penetration in missionary and doggy style, says Antonia Hall, a sex and relationship expert. Generally speaking, you're gonna want a table that's sturdy and has enough heft and weight to it that one thrust won't send you flying across the room, says Carol Queen, PhD, a sexologist at Good Vibrations.
Without further ado, here are 11 tips for having sex on a table that you'll definitely think about the next time you pass by your dining room...
1. Keep table height in mind.
The ideal table height is near the waist of the person doing the penetrating, explains Hall. If you're worried about the sturdiness of the table, positions where you both still have your feet on the floor should be safe enough to give you peace of mind.
2. Test the waters with a sexy striptease.
What if I told you there was a way to casually test the strength of a table while turning your partner on at the same time? You simply bend over the table and place your weight on it and start dancing or sensually teasing your partner, simultaneously testing the stability of the furniture you're about to do it on, according to Myi Baker, a sex coach and founder of Lady Luxxxe. This is a great way to gauge your potential sex platform without having to like, Make It a Thing that you're checking structural integrity.
3. Know that you don't have to have sex on a hard table.
Try adding a sex blanket on top so it's a bit more cushiony for the pushin-ing. Queen likes this product because it's waterproof too, so you can really lube yourself up or squirt with abandon, knowing cleanup will be a breeze.
4. Work those ~exotic~ tables.
You can also have great sex on a low, sturdy coffee table, or a more exotic option, like a pool table. The latter is particularly nice because it's so big and sturdy by nature and has a railing around the edge so you want fall off. Of course, since a pool table is felt, this is one instance where you'll def want to lay down a blanket or towel first so you don't have to explain any stains.
5. Be communicative.
"Sex in new places can take some adjustment. Be sure to speak up if you aren't having fun," says Baker. If you want to keep things hot and heavy, you can mask your requests in dirty talk. Instead of saying, "It's weird to have my butt banging against this hard surface," you can try saying you would like to be bent over backwards and punished (if that's a thing you're into). Non-verbal cues can also work, like using a kiss or touch to segue into a comfier position. "When you are clear about what you want, its easier for your partner to please you," Baker adds.
6. Standing oral sex FTW.
Really take your time with the foreplay here. By sitting on the edge of the table and lifting your legs, your partner can have an easy way to go down on you without any neck strain, adds Baker. Your partner can even spread your legs apart and hold them while going down on you to make it even hotter.
7. Try bending over the table.
This position is unlikely to break your table, and it's super easy for adding bondage, explains Hall. You can have your partner hold your wrists behind you or even tie them together using cuffs or a necktie.
8. Lie with your back at the bottom and edge of the table.
You can easily elevate your legs or have your partner raise them for deeper penetration and there's lots of room for clitoral stimulation here as well, says Hall.
9. Get those legs UP.
By "sex on a table," you're certainly not limited to just missionary on a hard tabletop substituting for a mattress. Leaning against the table or propping one leg or both up can provide better access, says Baker.
10. ...or try crossing them in the air.
Scooch your butt to the edge of the table and cross your legs in the air like an X while your partner penetrates you, suggests Jenni Skyler, PhD, LMFT, a sexologist for Adam and Eve. The added friction of your legs crossed can stimulate your clit even more.
11. Use the table as a gentler way of experimenting with face sitting.
Your partner lies on their back on the (again, cannot stress this enough, STURDY) table with their head at the edge. Then you stand over them so that they can perform oral sex on you while you're standing. Skyler refers to this position as the Spiderman, presumably because of that iconic upside-down kiss scene in the movie. This is great if you've both wanted to experiment with face-sitting but you know, this way you don't actually have to worry about crushing your partner's face.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.