Best Positions for Anal Sex

by Hannah Lovegrove

on Aug 12, 2022

Take your anal play to toe-curling new heights with some of our favourite anal positions.


Are you new to bum fun and looking for the best positions for anal sex. Or maybe you’re keen to progress your play with some new and improved anal positions? Wherever you are in your anal exploration journey, we’ve got you covered with some of the best anal positions from nipsy novices to anal aficionados. We’ve even thrown in a few cheeky toy recommendations to help elevate your play and your pleasure.

These positions offer an array of different sensations for both the giver and the receiver. Whether you’re after a possie that offers deep penetration, something nice and easy or a naughty challenge for you and your kinky companion, you’re sure to find something here that ticks all the boxes.

And the best thing about these anal positions is that anyone and everyone can enjoy them! Whether your other half has a penis or the penetrating partner needs to don a strap-on or have an anal toy in hand to make it happen, we’ve got all the gear and the ideas to make your wildest anal fantasies come to life. From beginners anal toys to anal beads and booty plugs, Lovehoney has a whole range of anal toys to compliment your rump-ranging expedition.

We’re here to help you figure out exactly how to enjoy anal sex with some of our-all time fave possies for your posterior. If you need a few extra pointers on how to do anal sex before you get stuck into these fun positions, you can read up on all things anal over at our anal sex toys advice guide.

Let’s get down to business so you can shake up your next spelunking sesh with these incredible anal positions...

1. Hitch a Ride


Perfect for: anal amateurs who want to take things slow and steady. If you’re still getting used to the sensations of butt love, the Hitch a Ride position allows you to take control of the pace and depth of your ride by bumping and grinding to your heart's desire. This possie is also a great way to play with a Dom/Sub scenario as the receiving partner holds the power.

How: The penetrating partner reclines back on a sturdy surface, like a couch. The receiving partner straddles them while facing away and keeping their feet planted firmly on the floor.

Take it to the next level with… a blindfold like the Lovehoney Oh! Satin Blindfold so you can really take time to explore the Dom/sub power dynamic. Slip it over the penetrating partner’s eyes before you get it on. You can even take it to the next level by tying the penetrating partner up with a pair of wrist restraints, like Lovehoney Silky Black Bondage Restraints, if the mood strikes you.

2. Cuddle Up


Perfect for: tighter, deeper sensations and people with limited mobility. The Cuddle Up lets you get up close and personal with your boo without having to break a sweat.

How: Both partners lie on their sides in a spooning position. The penetrating partner enters their lover from behind and can wrap their arms around their boo for super close contact or rest their hand on the receiving partner’s waist to gain more control.

Take it to the next level with… Add a bit of extra sensation for the penetrating and receiving partner with a vibrating cock ring like the Lovehoney Bionic Bullet 5 Function Vibrating Cock Ring. A cock ring can help to boost stamina and keep you harder for longer so you can test out a few other anal possies before crossing the finish line.

3. Open House


Perfect for: experimenting with a touch of power play thanks to the submissive position of the receiving partner and dominant position of the penetrating partner. The Open House position is also incredible for dialling up the intimacy by allowing both partners to look into each other’s eyes.

How: The receiving partner lies on their back with their legs raised and open. This can be a bit of a tricky position to hold for an extended period, especially if you’re enjoying a particularly energetic romp with you boo, so to make things easier we recommend using a position enhancer like the Bondage Boutique Plush Sex Position Restraint with Cuffs. The penetrating partner kneels in between the receiving partner’s legs with their knees apart and leans into them to tease and eventually penetrate them.

Take it to the next level with… Sometimes it can be difficult to get the right angle when you’re lying flat on your back, but a position enhancer like the Liberator Microfibre Sex Position Wedge will help you achieve a wider range of motion for deeper penetration.

4. Lusty Lean

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Perfect for: achieving that deep, filling sensation thanks to the full weight of the giving partner bearing down on the receiving partner. The Lusty Lean allows for a heck of a lot of stimulation for the giving partner, not to mention they have full control over the depth and speed of the penetration. This is also a goodie if the penetrating partner isn’t particularly well endowed as it still allows for deep penetration thanks to the angle.

How: The receiving partner lies on their back with their legs extended in the air and pulled back towards their head. The giving partner lies on top of them in a raised push-up position and rests the receiving partner’s calves on their shoulders for support. From here, the giving partner can penetrate the receiving partner.

Take it to the next level with… If the receiving partner has a clit that needs a bit of stimulation to really get things going, then a nifty bullet vibe like the Happy Rabbit Rechargeable Rabbit Ears Bullet Vibrator will do the trick. This little bunny can be easily slipped in between you and your flame for targeted stimulation thanks to the bunny ears. You can even use it to play with your partner’s balls and perineum if they’ve got a set of danglers.

5. Pleasure Plunge


Perfect for: targeted P-Spot stimulation, but the Pleasure Plunge is still epic even if you don’t have a hidden walnut to uncover. This position lends itself well to gentle, slow penetration as well as some fast and hard loving. The receiving partner can control the angle and depth of penetration by lowering themselves onto their elbows.

How: This position is essentially a play on doggy. The receiving partner assumes a table-top position on all fours with their jacksie presented and ready for penetration. The giving partner kneels down behind them and grabs hold of their waist to position themselves to enter.

Take it to the next level with… Why not add a pair of Lovehoney Perfect Pair Silicone Nipple Suckers or even a pair of BASICS Collar with Nipple Clamps if you prefer a firmer grip on your nips. The combo of pleasure with a subtle side of pain makes for a thrilling experience for your next plunge.

6. All Hands on Deck


Perfect for: externally stimulating the ring and indulging in some rimming. The All Hands on Deck is ometimes the best possie for anal doesn’t have to involve penetration with a peenie or dildo. Anal foreplay is a great way to help the receiver get the horn and relax their bod for some penetrative anal action later in the eve. This is also a good one if you’re wondering how to make anal sex hurt less. You should always warm up the body and the anal area before diving head first into any backdoor action.

How: the receiving partner positions themselves on all fours with their patootie totally accessible. The giving partner kneels behind them and positions themselves in a comfortable spot to tend to their sidekick’s sweet spots.

Take it to the next level with… If you plan on getting all up in your playmate’s business, then adding some extra stimulation with an anal sex toy is a good way to go. An anal vibe, like the Lovehoney Butt Tingler 10 Function Vibrating Butt Plug, can be used for both external and internal stimulation. Just give it a good dash from the water-based anal lube tube for super slick sensations. Plus, with a maximum girth of 3.75 inches, this plug makes for a great first-timer toy.

7. Knees Up


Perfect for: more experienced bum buddies looking for their next challenge. The Knees Up position requires flexibility, stamina and strength, so it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. Even though this position requires a lot of effort, the payoff is well worth it. From deep, satisfying penetration to delicious P-Spot stimulation along with eye contact to boot, this is a super stimulating and super intimate position.

How: The receiving partner sits on a chair and the penetrating partner lowers themselves down in between their legs. The receiving partner then places their legs over the penetrating partner’s shoulders and wraps their arms around their neck in a tight embrace. Once the receiving partner is firmly in place, the penetrating partner stands up and is then able to enter their boo.

Take it to the next level with… If you’re struggling to keep this possie going until you reach ecstatic bliss, then an over-the-door sex swing, like the Bondage Boutique Soft Over-The-Door Sex Swing, could come in handy. This will help to support the receiving partner’s weight so you can both enjoy the position to completion if that’s the end goal.

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Hannah Lovegrove

Written by Hannah Lovegrove.

Originally published on Aug 12, 2022. Updated on Aug 13, 2022