The Best 4 BDSM Crosses for Dungeon Bondage

Isabelle Uren
by Isabelle Uren
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Whether you are looking to kit out your BDSM dungeon or want to take your full body bondage to the next level, a BDSM cross could be the perfect bondage accessory for you! This iconic piece of BDSM furniture creates the perfect BDSM aesthetic while keeping your partner locked into the sexy spread-eagle position, ready for all kinds of fun! We’ve picked out our favorites for all levels and budgets, together with some tips on how to use them!

How were these BDSM Crosses Tested?

We know a BDSM cross is a big investement, so we’ve made sure to put in the hours researching and writing this post — more than 2o hours in fact! We make sure to consider all the information that you need to choose a cross that will let you live out your wildest bondage desires! That includes our usual metrics of design, ease of use, quality, and price, as well as thinking about how strong the construction is, how many restraint points it offers, and how easy it is to store.

We also make sure to provide a range of price points and experience levels as we want all of our readers, from bondage beginners to advanced BDSM’ers to find the best BDSM cross for their needs!

What to look for in a BDSM cross:

  • Free standing vs mounted — Some bondage X frames come with bases, allowing to stand freely whereas others need to mounted to the wall. Free standing frames can be moved around, but you need to make sure it has a sturdy base for safety.
  • Materials — BDSM crosses tend to be made from strong materials such as finished wood or metal, sometimes with vinyl or leather details. Bear in mind that bare metal will feel cold against the skin, but that can definitely add to BDSM play!
  • Padding — If you want something a little comfier, look for a BDSM cross that comes with padding. This is going keep your sub comfy and make it a little warmer than cold hard metal.
  • Restraint possibilities — If you want a lot of restraint options or want to use your BDSM cross with people of different heights, it’s best to look for one that comes with more restraint points.
  • Functionality — Some St. Andrew’s crosses can be reclined for different types of play while others are static and cannot be adjusted.
  • Mobility — If you want to move your BDSM cross around or put it away for storage, you might be best off looking for one that is easy to assemble and disassemble.

FAQ

What is a St Andrew's Cross?
A St Andrew's Cross is the same as a BDSM cross. It is named after the shape of cross that Saint Andrew was said to be crucified on.
Where to buy a BDSM cross
We only work with shops we trust so you can shop safely from any links in this review. The Stockroom and Oxy-Shop are fantastic for more advanced, heavy duty bondage items like BDSM crosses.
What can you use a BDSM cross for?
BDSM crosses are used for full body restraint, usually within a BDSM scene involving power play. Once the submissive partner is tied to the cross, the dominant partner is in charge of delivering the stimulation. This is agreed on before the scene and could include things like impact play, sensation play, or genital stimulation.

What is a BDSM cross?

A BDSM cross, also known as a St. Andrew's Cross, is a structure that's used for full body bondage. It consists of an X-shaped frame that has restraint points on each arm of the cross. The submissive partner is bound to the frame using ropes or restraints, holding their body in a spread eagle position. This gives the dominant partner ability to tease their partner's body with their hands, mouth, or sex toys. BDSM crosses are great for exploring impact play, sensation play and other types of power play! The open leg position also gives you better access to stimulate the submissive partner's genitals. Not to mention, they look incredible in BDSM dungeon!

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The 4 Best BDSM crosses in Test

1 Test Winner

The Stockroom Triangle St. Andrew's Cross

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This hard and heavy bondage X frame from Stockroom means business! The unique hourglass shape has a whopping 14 restraint points, giving you more options for tying up your partner! It’s made of steel and wrought iron, giving it the perfect dungeon look. Not only that, the cold hard metal will make your sub’s skin tingle!

The Stockroom Triangle St. Andrew's Cross  test
The Stockroom Triangle St. Andrew's Cross  features
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BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
You should buy the Triangle St. Andrew's Cross if you...
have a large budget
are experienced with bondage
want more restraint possibilities
prefer the hourglass design
want the ultimate dungeon accessory
You should NOT buy the Triangle St. Andrew's Cross if you...
prefer something padded
don't enjoy the feel of cold metal
are not sure if you enjoy extreme restraint
need something more discreet
The Stockroom Triangle St. Andrew's Cross  features
Features
Height78 inches
Width35 inches
MaterialsSteel, wrought iron, 
Pros
unique hourglass design
plenty of restraint points
high-quality finish
amazing BDSM aesthetic
made to order
Cons
expensive
requires a lot space
Conclusion

This sex cross looks incredible! I love that they have added the extra bars at the top and bottom as this also allows for more restraint opportunities. The patina finish of the metal also adds to cold, industrial feel. This is a pricey piece of BDSM gear and it takes up a fair amount of room, so this is one for the real BDSM enthusiasts out there! If you have the space and budget, this could be an amazing statement piece in your BDSM dungeon that also offers a lot of uses!

2 Cheapest

DOMINIX Deluxe Over the Door Cross Position Restraint Kit

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Want to explore full body bondage but don’t want a full on dungeon cross? All you need is a sturdy door to enjoy this cross position restraint kit from Dominix. The restraints hook around the outside of the door and are locked into place by closing the door. From there, you can restrain your partner’s wrists and ankles using the leather, buckle-fastening cuffs, leaving them at your mercy!

DOMINIX Deluxe Over the Door Cross Position Restraint Kit test
DOMINIX Deluxe Over the Door Cross Position Restraint Kit features
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BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
You should buy the DOMINIX Door Restraints if you...
are new to fully body bondage
want a discreet BDSM cross
need a travel-friendly option
enjoy light bondage
You should NOT buy the DOMINIX Door Restraints if you...
want a permanent set-up
need heavy duty restraints
prefer to avoid leather products
are allergic to nickel
DOMINIX Deluxe Over the Door Cross Position Restraint Kit features
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Length100 inches
MaterialsCuffs: Leather 
FasteningBuckle 
AdjustableYes 
AllergiesContains nickel 
Pros
Affordable
Beginner-friendly
Portable
Easy to store
Detachable wrist and ankle cuffs
Fully adjustable
Cons
Not as strong as solid restraints
Can be fiddly to set up and attach clips
Conclusion

I love how accessible these restraints are! They are so quick and easy to set up and you can easily adjust them to your partner’s height. The leather cuffs also have a nice BDSM feel to them and they are detachable so you can go from one bondage position to another without having to remove them completely. Of course, it doesn’t have quite the same look or feel as a full BDSM cross structure but it it’s a very affordable, more discreet alternative that takes up a fraction of the space!

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The Stockroom New St. Andrew's Cross X

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This more traditional St. Andrew’s Cross is the perfect dungeon accessory. The strong metal structure is made from marine-grade aluminium with black vinyl details and 13 TIG-welded attachment points. The sturdy footplate also has cut-outs to make space for your sub’s feet when they are facing away from you — perfect for all your impact play desires!

The Stockroom New St. Andrew's Cross X test
The Stockroom New St. Andrew's Cross X features
Recommended for

BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
You should buy the New St. Andrew's Cross X if you...
prefer the traditional X design
want a free-standing BDSM cross
enjoy the feel of cold metal
want multiple restraint points
You should NOT buy the New St. Andrew's Cross X if you...
are new to full body restraint
have limited space
prefer something softer or more padded
want something discreet
The Stockroom New St. Andrew's Cross X features
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Height78 inches
Width35 inches
MaterialsMarine-grade aluminium, leather vinyl  
Weight110 lbs
Pros
Toe cut-outs for comfort
Sturdy design in marine-grade aluminium
Lots of restraint points
Strong BDSM style
Cons
Metal and vinyl can be cold
Takes up a lot of space
Conclusion

Another top-quality cross bondage frame from The Stockroom — they really know how to make bondage gear that looks the part and delivers top-level functionality. I love how many restraint points this bondage frame has. The metal can be very cold on your skin, but that can really add to the rush of excitement! Of course, that level of quality comes at a price, and this is quite an investment, but I would say it’s worth it if you are looking for the ultimate dungeon cross. Not to mention, this thing is solid and built to last, so it’s not as if you will need to replace it anytime soon!

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Oxy-Shop Deluxe Free Standing St Andrew's Cross

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This free-standing St. Andrew’s Cross is the perfect place to tease and torture your sub! As well as having four sturdy restraint points, the whole cross can be reclined, giving you even more ways to play! Plus, the structure can easily be disassembled and stored under your bed when not in use!

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Oxy-Shop Deluxe Free Standing St Andrew's Cross features
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BeginnerIntermediateAdvanced
You should buy the Oxy-Shop St Andrew's Cross if you...
want a reclining BDSM cross
if you love full body bondage
prefer a cross you can disassemble
love the red and black design
You should NOT buy the Oxy-Shop St Andrew's Cross if you...
prefer the metal look
want a wall-mounted BDSM cross
Oxy-Shop Deluxe Free Standing St Andrew's Cross features
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Height80.64 inches
Width39.36 inches
MaterialsIron 
Pros
Easy to assemble/disassemble
Can be taken down to store
Solid base frame
Cons
not as many restraint points
bright design won't suit all tastes
takes up a lot of space
Conclusion

The best feature of this cross is definitely the adjustable angle! Having your partner leaned back at an angle both intensifies their vulnerability and gives you more variation in how you use the cross! This cross also has more padding and less bare metal than the other options in this review, making it a little more comfortable! It’s a big plus that it can be taken down for storage but that does take a little work and it’s pretty big so you will need to find a good spot for it!

More Dungeon Furniture

If you are lucky enough to have your own BDSM dungeon space, there’s some truly amazing dungeon furniture out there that not only looks the part but opens a whole new world of bondage possibilities! Here are some of favorites for locking up your lover, ready for an oh so good teasing torture session!

BDSM Accessories

Once you’ve got your lover locked into place, you need the perfect tools to tease them! Here are some of our favorite BDSM accessories to toy with you partner.

BDSM Safety

Here are some simple but essential safety guidelines for safe and sexy and BDSM play!

Consent is essential

Consent is essential

Consent is essential

Consent is always the first step in any sexual activity. True consent must be freely-given, reversible, informed, enthusiastic, and specific.

Be aware of the risks

Be aware of the risks

Be aware of the risks

It’s essential to be aware of the risks involved, both so you can give informed consent but also so you can be prepared. Whenever you are using ropes or fabric restraints, you should have some safety scissors on hand to cut your partner out in an emergency.

Discuss your boundaries

Discuss your boundaries

Discuss your boundaries

As well as talking about your boundaries regarding being restrained, you will also want to talk about what types of stimulation you want to explore during the play.

Agree on a safeword

Agree on a safeword

Agree on a safeword

A safeword should be used to stop the play immediately. Not sure what to choose? Check out our guide on how to choose a safeword.

Check in with your partner

Check in with your partner

Check in with your partner

Be sure to check in regularly with your partner during the play. You should check in verbally as well as monitoring their body language. You should also check before moving onto different or more intense forms of stimulation.

Finish with some aftercare

Finish with some aftercare

Finish with some aftercare

Aftercare is essential for navigating the intense feelings that come with BDSM play. General aftercare activities include cuddling, talking, having something to drink. An example of activity specific aftercare is tending to skin after impact play.

DIY St. Andrew's Cross

We always recommend buying purpose made BDSM cross, especially if it is going to be weight bearing or free standing. That being said, there are some ways to recreate the full body X-position style without buying a full-blown BDSM cross.

 

We do not recommend making your own sex toys and always recommend that you purchase purpose-made sex toys from a reputable shop. We are in no way responsible for any harm caused due to the use or sharing of these DIYs. You are 100% responsible for the outcome should you choose to make your own sex toys.

Create your own X-shapred restraint points

Create your own X-shapred restraint points

Create your own X-shapred restraint points

If you have a strong vertical surface like a wall, strong door or bed frame, you can attach wall mounting plates with O-rings to create restraint points. You will need to measure to get the right height and distance apart for the person being restrained.

Use door or bed restraints

Use door or bed restraints

Use door or bed restraints

If you have two sets of door restraints or an under bed restraint system, you can loop them around the back of your door so the restraints come out at the top and bottom of the door. Close the door to lock them in place, and you are ready to go!

How to use a BDSM Cross

Getting your partner locked in is only the first step in using a BDSM cross! Here are some different ways you can enjoy yours!

How to use a BDSM Cross

Choose your restraints

Choose your restraints

You can use ropes or cuffs to restrain your partner. You don’t want to tie them too tightly and they should be able to move a little bit. It’s important to check the restraints don’t interfere with their circulation in any way.

Impact play

How to use a BDSM Cross

The BDSM cross is perfect for impact play as it the position gives you great access and it’s easier to use a range of tools in the vertical position. You can lock your partner up facing away from you to put your spanking tools to use!

How to use a BDSM Cross
How to use a BDSM Cross

Sensation play

Sensation play

The open position of the BDSM cross is also great for all kinds of sensation play. Watch your sub squirm as you tease them with a feather tickler or trace a pinwheel over their skin.

Forced orgasms

How to use a BDSM Cross

During forced orgasm play, a dominant partner takes control of bringing their sub to orgasm at their will, often giving them multiple orgasms. Both being tied up and being forced to orgasm involve the sub giving up control to their partner, which enhances the power dynamic. It’s important to note this refers to  consensual forced orgasm play in which the person has consented to forced orgasms.

How to use a BDSM Cross
How to use a BDSM Cross

Orgasm denial

Orgasm denial

This involves keeping the submissive partner in a high state of arousal without letting them reach orgasm until the dominant partner allows it.

How to clean a BDSM cross

Cleaning instructions will vary depending on the materials of your BDSM cross, so you should always refer to the cleaning instructions that come with the cross. You will want to use a compatible soap and water to wipe your cross down in between uses.

Porous
materials

Soft plastic, hard plastic, jelly, rubber, Cyberskin are all porous materials, meaning that small particles and bacteria can penetrate the surface. This makes it impossible to completely clean these types of materials.

Therefore, it is recommended that you use a condom with these types of toys, especially if you are sharing them. Clean these toys with mild soapy water and dry gently with a towel. These materials are more easily damaged, so be sure to be gentle and make sure your toys are completely dry before storing.

Non-propous
materials

Silicone, glass, stainless steel and some hard plastics can all be washed using a mild soap (like you would use on your body) and warm water. Just be careful if your toy contains electrical parts.

Silicone and stainless steel toys without any electrical parts can also be boiled for sterilisation.

The toys with electrical
components

If your toys contain electrical components, be extra careful when cleaning them and always check the instructions provided with the toy. You can use a gentle cloth and soap to wipe or sex toy cleaner or cleaning wipe to down your toy, making sure that no water comes into contact with the electrical parts.

Author
Isabelle Uren
Isabelle Uren
Age: 30
Gender: Female
Sexual orientation: Heterosexual
Sex toy experience: Experienced
All-time favorite sex toy: Lelo Sila
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