Frame (furniture)

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Note: This article is about a frame as a piece of bondage furniture. For other meanings, see frame (disambiguation).
A woman cuffed to an X-frame.

A frame in a BDSM or spanking context is a solid structure to which a person may be tied or cuffed as a form of bondage, or to recieve a spanking, caning, or whipping. A person may also lie across or upon the frame to be spanked, the frame thus serving as a form of spanking horse.

Frames are usually made of timber, or, in rarer cases, of other materials such as metal.

Types of frame[edit]

There are several types or designs of frame in use.


Perhaps the most common type of frame is the X-Frame or St. Andrew's cross. This consists primarily of two diagonal beams, plus additional supporting structure to hold them firmly in position. An X-Frame will often be built against a wall, although it can stand freely with an appropriate supporting structure to replace the wall.


An A-frame from Pudu Prison, Malaysia.

Another common type of frame is the A-frame, also called a flogging triangle or caning rack. In this design there are two diagonal legs meeting at a point at each end of the frame, with a brace between each pair of legs, and beams running between the corresponding legs from the two sets. The design is much like an oversized artist's easel.

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