Spreader bars are an exciting piece of bondage restraint kit designed to keep the hands or feet apart. They give you control over the submissive person enabling you to play with or punish them as you see fit.
They are firmly constructed from something strong, usually metal or occasionally wood. The restraints are attached to either end and they can be a leather cuff, a Velcro cuff, a metal handcuff or simply some rope to tie the wearer onto it.
Spreader bars can be fastened to the wrists, knees or ankles depending on the intended use. They are often used in combination with other bondage gear and are intended to provide unhindered access to various parts of the wearer’s body. They can be used with the wearer standing, sitting, lying down, on all-fours (doggy style) and even in suspension.
There are various types available. The most common spreader bars are those that are fixed in length and have cuffs already attached. They may have additional attachments loops along the bar so both wrists and ankles can be restrained. Other models feature thigh straps or collars. There are adjustable versions that lock at different lengths and these are often a good idea as you can change the length to suit using them for either arms or legs.
For those new to bondage play, choosing a spreader bar with Velcro cuffs provides reassurance that it will be able to be removed quickly if needed. That said, if your submissive is the kind to struggle and escape given half a chance, then perhaps padlocks are the only way to go! Maybe a little punishment too…
With so many different spreader bars available, there are multiple options for restraining your partner. If you have a favourite position then it’s worthwhile thinking how the spreader bar will fit into that. Considering an adjustable one will also give you more choice in ways you can use it.
If you need any more information, take a look at the Wikipedia page on spreader bars.