Looking for the best sex positions? We’ve rounded up all kinds of fun sex positions, from feel-good classics to favorites from the Kama Sutra. Some moves on this list that are sure to surprise you—but we guarantee that none of these positions are so out-there that pitching them to your partner will be awkward. Win-win. Keep reading for 47 sex positions that will have even the most voracious readers of sex tips taking notes.
1. The Bouncy Chair
First, tell your partner to get down on their knees (this is fun already!). Have them kneel with their butt on their heels and the balls of their feet on the ground. Straddle their lap, facing them with your feet flat on the floor on either side of their legs. Once you’re in position (and their penis or strap-on is inside you), bounce on the balls of your feet to control the rhythm and penetration. The close proximity will make for some delicious intimate time.
2. The Lotus
Straight outta the Kama Sutra, the Lotus position is an oldie-but-goodie that’s sure to spice things up. Though it calls for a bit of flexibility, the payoff is totally worth it. Here’s how it goes: Lie on your back and crisscross your legs. Now, bring your legs (still crossed) as close to your chest as possible and have your partner get on top. Maintain the cross-legged position as long as you can hack it. It's a big hip opener, but just the right angle for a g-spot orgasm.
3. Splitting the Bamboo
You know how sometimes after a hard day, the last thing you want to do is strap on your chaps and ride your way around the bedroom? Well, rest easy, cowgirls, this Kama Sutra sex position is your friend. Start by lying on your back and having your partner get on top of you to assume missionary position. Then raise one leg and rest it on their shoulder up by their head. Keep the other leg stretched out on the bed. You’ll find that with one leg in the air, penetration with a penis, finger, or sex toy will feel a lot deeper. If you’re uncomfortable or your hamstrings are not as flexible as you’d hoped, ask them to kneel instead so they’re not giving your raised leg so much of a stretch.
4. The Corkscrew
You lie on your side on the edge of the bed, butt facing out, while your partner enters you from behind. Keep your legs tight together for maximum sensation (for both of you). You can also thrust backward so your partner doesn’t have to do all the work.
5. Widely Opened
Lie flat on your back. Have your partner kneel on the edge of the bed with their knees slightly apart, and wrap your legs around their waist. Then raise your hips and pelvis by arching your back giving your partner a glorious view. Have them support you by holding the small of your back while they do the thrusting.
Think reverse cowgirl with a twist. Have your partner lie down, then you sit on top of them, facing away. Now reach back and place one hand on their chest. Use your hand to stablize yourself as you move up and down. This allows you to have complete control over the speed and depth of penetration. You can also have them put their hands on your waist if you find you need a lift. The added plus? You’ll be able to look back at them looking at you, which is bound to help things along.
7. The Pretzel
This one requires a bit of maneuvering, but bear with us—it’s well worth the effort. Start by lying down on the bed and having your partner kneel over you, straddling your hips. Next pull one leg in toward your chest and then over across your body. Your back should still be flat on the bed, but your lower body is twisted (just like a relaxing twist at the end of a yoga class). Your partner should be bracing your leg with their stomach/chest. From this position, your partner can penetrate you with deep, satisfying thrusts, and the sideways angle really shakes things up for new and exciting sensations.
8. Standing Wheelbarrow
This one will really get the blood rushing to your head and is an easy feat for dedicated yogis. Assume downward dog position, and then let your partner gently pick up your legs and wrap them around their waist. You’ll support yourself with your arms, and for added support, they’ll also hold you up by your hips.
9. Seated Wheelbarrow
If standing wheelbarrow sounds like too much of an arm workout, you can attempt the modified seated wheelbarrow. In this position, have your partner sit on the edge of the bed or couch. You will assume your downward dog and then wrap your legs around their waist, but it’s way easier since you can rest your lower body on the bed rather than supporting your full weight.
10. Fitness Friends
Astroglide’s resident sexologist “Dr. Jess” O’Reilly, Ph.D., gave this position its name because it looks like you’re doing an assisted leg lift. You lie on your side with one leg up, and your partner sits on their knees, straddles your bottom leg, and penetrates you while balancing your ankle on their shoulder.
11. The Spider
Remember doing the crab walk in gym class (or maybe more recently at a creative CrossFit session)? Both partners get into crab walking stance and meet in the middle. Both of your legs should be inside their legs. Since you’re on top, lift up your pelvis to lower yourself on top of your partner. From there, you control the rocking. It’s called The Spider because this one looks pretty much like the name would suggest.
12. The Lean-In
Sometimes keeping it simple is the best way to go. Lie on your back and allow your partner to go down on you while also penetrating you with a finger or sex toy at the same time. Such an overachiever.
13. X Marks the Spot
For this twist on missionary, put your legs up and either keep them straight or rest your feet on your partner’s chest. Then cross your legs at the shins—that’s when the X part comes in—to create a tighter fit for more friction.
14. Naughty Tee
To tackle another letter of the alphabet, have your partner lie on their side facing the top of the bed. Next, lie down perpendicular to them, and scoot your hips down to meet theirs, bending your knees and placing your feet flat on the bed behind your partner’s butt. Together, your bodies form a T shape on the bed. From this position, your partner can thrust into you.
15. Standing Tiger, Crouching Dragon
Doin’ it from behind gets a whole lot hotter with this simple variation. Kneel on the bed (or couch or dining table or floor or any elevated surface), and let your standing partner enter you from behind. This allows them to hit different angles than if you were just bent over. Pro tip: The sensation will change based on how far apart you place your legs. Play with opening your legs wider and narrower to find out what feels best to you.
16. The Butter Churner
If you’re looking to get in a nice stretch during your next sex session, have we got the position for you! Lie on your back with your legs over your head and your butt up as if you were doing a backward roll, and have your partner enter you with a penis or sex toy while you support your back with your hands.
17. The Bound 2
Remember this one? We don’t want you to actually ride a motorcycle while you have sex (that would be dangerous!). But you can use some of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s favorite accessories: a mirror, your phone (for taking selfies mid-lovemaking, of course), and assorted shopping bags from Givenchy and Balmain strewn about the room to set the mood. Your partner sits on a throne (or a chair, if you don’t have a throne handy) facing a mirror. You perch on their lap, stealing glances at the mirror.
18. The Hashtag, a.k.a. The Intersection
It is a pound sign, after all (get it?). To assume the position: Lie on your side while your partner kneels facing you and lifts up your top leg (similar to the scissors position).
19. The iPhone X
This move celebrates the idea that bigger is better. Lie on your back and push your hips up into a bridge (keep your head and neck on the bed while supporting yourself with your shoulders). Your partner stands on the bed straddling you, holding your hips up. It’s an upgrade to your usual routine for sure, but please don’t call tech support if things go awry.
20. Fire and Ice
Head to the shower and let the warm water run all over your partner’s body. Then, melt an ice cube in your mouth before giving them oral. The combo of your cool mouth and the hot water running all over their body will be mind-blowing, and a great segue into amazing shower sex.
An undisputed classic, this position puts you in control of your partner. You probably already know the ins and outs: Have your partner lie down, straddle them, and ride them into the sunset. The great thing about this particular position is that it allows the partner on top to control the depth and cadence of the rhythm
22. Cowgirl With a Forward Bend
Fold forward while in the cowgirl position for unprecedented stimulation to your G-spot. Rather than bouncing up and down, grind your body on top of your partner’s while kissing them, touching them, and maybe even pulling their hair.
23. Cowgirl Leaning Back, a.k.a. Cowgirl Astride
Here’s another fun sex position that stems from cowgirl. Get on top as usual, but this time lean your body backward with your hands propped on your lover’s knees. For additional support, they can hold on to your bottom. With this angle, you’ll again get maximum G-spot stimulation. This position comes with the bonus of easy access to the clit.
24. Reverse Cowgirl
Why not reverse the original cowgirl position? All things are the same, except you’ll face their feet rather than their head. This makes for extra-deep penetration and a tantalizing view for the partner lying down beneath you.
25. The Twerk
The twerk adds on to reverse cowgirl. Assume the reverse cowgirl position and lean forward, resting your arms on their thighs. Then simply use the twerking motion (arch your back and rock back and forth, popping your booty up and down) to have sex.
26. The Spoon, a.k.a. The Scoop
This sex position is the perfect early-morning treat. It’s easy to transition from a deep sleep to morning sex by simply turning to your partner, spooning them, and getting down. Both partners begin by lying on their side. The “little spoon” can tuck their knees in slightly while the “big spoon” enters from behind.
27. The Greasy Spoon
Assume the spoon position, but lift one leg! You can prop it up with cushions, or assume the position on the couch (where you can then hook your foot over the back rest).
We’d be remiss not to include doggy style in a list of the best sex positions. Get on all fours with your partner standing behind you. From this position, you can grind it out, or simply let your partner thrust while holding onto your waist or hips.
28. Froggy-Style, a.k.a. Leap Frog
In this variation of doggy style, you’ll prop your head on your forearms and your forearms on the bed (rather than staying in a table-top position). As in doggy style, this position makes it easy for you to touch yourself while your partner thrusts.
29. The Flatiron, a.k.a. The Lazy Dog
Here, one partner enters the other from behind as in doggy style. But instead of kneeling, the receiving partner should just lie on their stomach with their legs straight back behind them. This creates a tight fit that feels ah-mazing for everyone involved.
30. Pushin’ the Cushion
This fun sex position requires a couch and a vibrator. Assume a classic doggy-style position on the couch, with the receiving partner facing the back of the couch. Place a pillow against your vagina, and place a vibrator behind the pillow. The vibrator will make the whole pillow come alive and stimulate your clitoris while your partner enters your from behind. Sounds good, no?
31. The 69
No penetration is necessary for this feel-good sex position—just mutual oral sex. Either partner can be on top or on bottom. Line yourselves up head to toe and pleasure each other simultaneously.
32. The Standing 69
Dr. Jess recommends this to shake up the classic mutual oral sex position. One person stands upright, and the other goes into a handstand while the other holds them. This should allow you both to reach each other’s naughty bits, but you may have to cut it short before all the blood rushes to your head. This might be more of a “just to say we did it” kind of position, really.
33. The Anvil
The anvil is taken straight out of the Kama Sutra. Lie on your back and allow your partner to straddle you, just as they would in missionary position. Instead of leaving your legs down, lift them up to rest on your partner’s shoulders, neck, or chest. The result? Deep thrusts and a tighter fit, all while being able to maintain eye contact and the intimacy of a face-to-face position.
This is a twist on the classic girl-on-top we all know and love. This version, however, leaves you totally in control. Your partner should lie down on the bed, but then scoot backward so their upper body is draped over the bed and onto the floor at angle. Once your partner is set, straddle and ride them while they enjoy the view from below.
35. The Om
Have your partner sit cross-legged and climb aboard. Wrap your legs around their waist, and rock back and forth for tantric-style sex. This face-to-face position is incredibly intimate because you can lock eyes with your lover.
36. The Yam-Yum
This is just like the om, with one small change. After assuming the om position, the partner on top should lean backward and prop themselves up on their hands. It’s a great angle (visually and sensationally), but you probably won’t be able to maintain it for long. Even if you just do it for a little bit, though, it’s well worth it.
37. The Chairwoman
Find a chair (preferably one without arms) and make your partner sit their naked self down. Then take a seat on their lap, facing away from them, and lead their hand to wherever it is you like to be touched. When you can’t take the teasing anymore, reposition yourself so that they’re inside of you while you’re still sitting on them. Encourage them to keep touching you while you move back and forth until one or both of you climax.
38. The Champagne Room
This is so close to the chairwoman but there’s one subtle (but distinctive) difference: Instead of straddling your partner, keep your legs closed and your knees together. This brings on an entirely different feeling and keeps things ultra-tight.
39. The Mermaid
Lie down with your butt lined up with the edge of the bed or table (place a pillow under your hips if you need more height). Then put your legs straight up into the air, calves together like a mermaid’s tail. The inserting partner can penetrate with a penis, finger, or sex toy.
40. Side by Side, a.k.a. The Reverse Spoon or The Reverse Scoop
In this sex position, you both lie on your sides. It’s just like the spooning position, except you face each other. You can start missionary-style and then slowly turn onto your sides without disengaging from each other. In this position, both partners are in equal control of the depth of thrusts.
41. The Octopus
You lie on your back and position yourself in between your partner’s open legs (they’ll be sitting up). Scooch yourself closer to them, place each of your legs over their shoulders, and have them insert themselves into you. From there, take it away with gentle thrusts. Keep it slow and steady, though, since it’s easy for the penis or strap-on to slip out in this position.
42. The Babysitter
This babysitter is essentially face-sitting lite. The person receiving oral sex straddles the giver and lowers themselves onto the giver’s mouth (as would happen in a face-sitting position), but the receiver then leans forward and supports themselves with their hands. This gives the giver more breathing room while still affording them unfettered access from below.
43. The Pinball Wizard
Lie on your back and lift your hips up as if you were in a bridge position (leaving your shoulders on the bed). Your partner can hold your hips up as they penetrate you from a kneeling position.
44. The Cross
Lie on your stomach with your head near the pillows and feet at the end of the bed. Have the penetrating partner lie on their stomach perpendicular to your body and enter you from behind.
45. The Valedictorian
Time to open up! Start with missionary position, and then lift your legs all the way up. Keep them spread wide by holding your legs out in a V shape with your hands (you can grasp your ankles or calves).
46. The Seashell
This position is very similar to the valedictorian but requires a lot more flexibility. Instead of holding your legs out in a V, you tuck your feet behind your head. This allows for maximum vulva and clitoris exposure—which means maximum stimulation.
47. Classic Missionary
Last but not least among our list of fun sex positions is the tried-and-true classic: missionary! Despite society’s insistence on dipping missionary position in vanilla, it often wins the feel-good contest. It’s hot on the bottom! Feeling someone’s body on top of you, thrusting, drenching the both of you in sweat, all the while maintaining eye contact?
What’s more: Missionary is the best for self-stimulation. It’s a fact that at least three quarters of women need clitoral stimulation rather than vaginal penetration alone to get off during the deed. Adding clitoral stimulation with your hands or a sex toy can be far easier while lying on your back.
While on the bottom during missionary sex, you can also switch it up endlessly. You can lift one leg (or both!) for such intense stimulation that you may need a quick breather. You can throw a pillow under your butt. You can wrap your legs like a pretzel around your partner and pull him or her closer to you. Yes, missionary can be a little vanilla. But have you seen the sheer array of toppings available?
Originally Appeared on Glamour