The bed is a magical place—no one’s denying that. Sleep and sex are two of the greatest joys of life, and so far the bed’s done a pretty good job of satisfying both. But we have to remember, the bed was made for sleeping. Sex just happened to be secondary.

As a result, we have such classic clichés as broken bed frames, squeaky headboards and stained mattresses. The truth is, a squishy flat-ish surface just isn’t the ideal platform for the variety of shenanigans our species likes to get into, but until a better option came along, the bed became the rule to the exception and everyone just, kind of, accepted it.

Good news! Now you don’t have to.

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Siège-d’AmourSex furniture may seem like a recent invention, but you may be amused to know that it has a history older than your great-grandparents. It probably didn’t feature too prominently in a lot of high school history books, but believe it or not, King Edward VII was a pretty hefty fellow who used a custom-made “love seat” (siege d’amour) when he visited a famous Parisian brothel. Perhaps somewhat disturbing is that it’s still in use.

The guy had the right idea. Beds bounce, sink, and are notoriously flat, despite the fact that some of the best sex positions require our bodies to be anything but. The bed, simply put, does not offer the best angles or support when it comes to sex. Trends, like memory foam, make a good roll-in-the-hay damn near impossible these days; forcing people to choose between amazing sleep or amazing sex. No one should ever have to make that kind of choice.

Sure, the floor is another option, but it’s haphazardly hard on its own, and once again, flat as a pancake. Plus, carpet is not conducive to passionate sessions and has never been known to be skin-friendly—with a majority of people with rug burns still evident on the knees and spine.

If your expectations of sex furniture is an elaborate swing hanging from the ceiling of your bedroom, don’t worry. Nowadays, good sex furniture has three key qualities. 1. it makes lots of positions accessible and comfortable. 2. it is easy to clean and maintain. 3. it looks good with the rest of your decor, not something you have to hide in the basement when friends or family come to visit.

1406_esse_wmodel_0786Take, for instance, the Liberator Esse. It’s both sexy and modern, and it doubles as a comfy chaise for lounging, reading, or napping. This ergonomically crafted Shape has curves and dimensions that completely support the body, which makes for totally amazing sex. Its clever design helps to cradle the head, neck, and back in every position, and the extra height means deeper penetration and better thrusting. With its velvish fabric cover, the Esse feels just as seductive as it looks and is way more conducive to sex than any mattress.

The Equus is another fine example of the modern-day sex furniture. Don’t let the look of this surprisingly simple bench fool you though. Its sleek design easily blends with any type of decor, but it’s actually meant for more action, like thrusting. The width of the Equus allows for effortless straddling positions and let’s you brace one or both feet on the floor—giving you more access to your partners naughty bits. Available in a lot of great colors, the Equus takes up little space and can even serve as a handy end-of-bed ottoman or massage table.  But if your into more of the “tie-me-down” or want a little more “high-style”, you’ll have to check out the Black Label version.

Taking a slightly lofty turn down the sex furniture route, the Zeppelin  is for those that really want to nestle during lovemaking. Though it may look like a glorified bean bag, it’s far from that because, the Zeppelin is truly designed for sex, everything else (like napping to gaming) is secondary. Inside its waterproof liner is shredded, high-density foam that completely supports and envelopes the body, creating a intimate cocoon effect. Its gentle, yet supportive, design allows couples to achieve position otherwise impossible by taking pressure off of the joints and distributing the weight evenly. However, the Zeppelin is not for the spatially impaired! This fairly large piece is best enjoyed in a larger room, like a designated sex-only recreation area of your home.

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Our tour of modern-day sex furniture would not be complete without the mention of the Center Stage. Because of its name, you may think this piece is just for theatrically inclined, but it’s for anyone that wants to experience sex on or off the bed, on the floor, in every room of the house, or even the great outdoors. This portable 4-inch platform provides pretty amazing support and stability and is perfectly sized for straddling positions or erotic massage. It also comes equipped with a matching bolster that can be used to elevate the hips, knees, head—making it the perfect Shape for long-lasting oral sex. Designed to be discreet, it can slide under your bed for easy storage.

As you can see, contemporary sex furniture does not have to scream WE HAVE SEX (though we’ve got you covered there too). Instead, it can look stylish and elegant while easily blending into your home.

Having sex on a bed will probably never go away, because it’s one of the only places we associate with sex and that it’s classic. Now, classics do have their time and place but remember—if music never evolved past era of Mozart or Beethoven, we wouldn’t have The Beatles.

We’re not saying sex furniture is as great as The Beatles, exactly—but you’ll have to try it yourself to know for sure.

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