Stand Up & Pay Attention to these Top 5 Sex Positions!

Standing Sex Positions

Ever get told that life’s too short to spend it in bed? We don’t always agree, but we do think that sexual pleasure is not something that should be confined to the mattress. Sex shouldn’t be confined at all – unless you’re into that – and millions of pages in thousands of books have been devoted to finding new sex positions, in new locations, to cater to new sexual tastes and ever more experienced appetites. Some of these sexual positions require study, flexibility, imagination and patience. Others, though, are simple, fun and easy, and don’t require a warm up.

We’re all about offering pleasure for every ability level, so check out our list of the top five standing sex positions – you’re sure to find something that’ll be worthy of a standing ‘O’ or two!

5. The Necklace Of Venus

Necklace of Venus Sex Position

Technically, only the thrusting partners stands in the “Necklace” position, but we wanted to include it anyway. The receiver reclines backwards on a firm surface like a countertop or table, and the raises their legs to wrap their ankles around the back of their partner’s neck. The surface beneath you keeps you from feeling like you’re totally free-falling, and allows you to use your elbows to prop yourself up if that’s a better angle.  

This sex position is perfect for quick, passionate sexual encounters on a desk, a sink, the hood of a car or anywhere else flat and firm, because it requires very little undressing or planning. 

  • Pros: This position offers deep penetration, and because the receiver’s body weight is as supported as they’re comfortable with, the thrusting partner can be as energetic as they’re able. Also, since this is a legs-closed position, the sensations will be more intense for both, and ideal for adding a couples’ massager into play.
  • Cons: The more vigorous the sex, the more endurance the receiver will need in their arms and thighs, but a sexy little workout might be just what you’re looking for! will need in her upper arms and thighs.

4. The Plough

The Plough Position

Similar in principle to the Necklace of Venus but very different in practice, this intimate sex position requires the receiver to lie on their back on any waist-high surface and wrap their legs around the middle of their partner’s back.

This sex position encourages a slower pace than The Necklace, with lots of eye contact and deep, fulfilling penetration.

  • Pros: A far more relaxing position for the receiver, plus full eyefuls of the action for both. Both partners can control the pace and intensity of sex, and the face to face perspective allows for romance, talking, laughing and kissing.
  • Cons: Surface height will make all the difference here, as an awkward crouch will make this position go from ‘Ooooh’ to ‘Uncomfy’ for the thrusting partner pretty fast.

3. The Hanging Garden

The Hanging Garden Sex Position

This sex position requires no furniture and no props, and as such it can be performed anywhere, any time (within reason. And within the law).

Quite simply, the couple are face to face, then the thrusting partner uses their hands cupped under their partner’s bum to hoist them up. The receiving partner wraps their legs around their partner’s waist for support, which can also be added with a firm embrace.

Add a vibrating cock ring to the mix and it will direct vibrations to your partner’s external erogenous zones.

  • Pros: It’s an energetic and bold position for passionate lovers, and when it’s used when you’re having sex outside, it’s beautiful. It’s also a great way for the penetrating partner to take control and show off a bit.
  • Cons: It is quite hard work, and it definitely favors petite receiving partners. In addition, good balance is going to make or break the Hanging Garden!

2. The Wheelbarrow

The Wheelbarrow

Sure, it’s not a very sexy name for a sexual position, but believe us, in practice, the Wheelbarrow is plenty sexy. It’s also very fun and never fails to prompt laughter and silliness, so it’s perfect for experimental couples looking for something less serious from their sex lives.

The receiver should start in a press-up position, and their partner can then slip between the receiver’s legs, take hold of their ankles or thighs, and lift their lower body off the floor. The thrusting partner then holds them there and begins to penetrate while their partner supports their torso with their arms.

  • Pros: Like we said, this is a fun position, and with a little practice it’s a pleasurable one too. Mostly though, it’s just for play, and it’s a good core strengthening exercise.
  • Cons: It’s for reasonably strong couples, and it doesn’t really encourage very deep penetration.

1. The Frisk

The Frisk

Very simple, very satisfying and a staple of any fulfilling sex life, this standing sexual position is called ‘The Frisk’ because the the receiver’s stance – hands against the wall, bending slightly forward, feet apart – is similar to a police body search.

It’s also great because both couples can be in control of the speed and intensity of the action.

  • Pros: This sexual position is perfect for tight spaces, like showers and small rooms, and great if you’re in a rush. What’s more, this position will stimulate the G-spot like no other on this list, and it allows the thrusting partner to hold some hair and incorporate spanking to heat things up even further.
  • Cons: It can become a little awkward if there’s a significant height difference between the couple, but it’s nothing that can’t be overcome with some experimentation.

Written by: Katy Thorn

Katy Thorn is a post-grad writer with a passion for writing about sex, sexuality, and all things rated R. She received her degree in Women’s Studies with a focus in Intersectionality at the University of California, Berkeley (Go Bears!). She has a cat named Yoko, drinks too much black coffee, and hates writing bios.


  1. I can confirm that these are all great (I particularly like the Frisk in a doorway), but I’m bi.
    Where are all the man-to-man standing positions?

  2. Modified Hanging Garden

    The couple are face to face, he supports her under her buttocks, she wraps her legs around his waist and adds to the support by wrapping her hands or arms around his neck.

    Modification: He cradles the bend of her knees in the the bend of his arms putting more focus on bicep strength than shoulder strength. He can then leverage his elbows against his sides (creating a fulcrum) for increased stamina and ‘lift’ angle.

  3. Definitely agree but there is a time for sex standing and a time for other positions. I agree there should be more positions for same sex relations.

  4. There is a reason for not acknowledging same sex positions. Deal with it.

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