20 New Things to Try in Bed in 2024 (Hot Sex Ideas For Couples!)

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by Lexi Sylver Last updated 04/23/2024

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It happens to the best of relationships. Love kindles like a wildfire in the beginning... then simmers down to a slow glow. If you don't stoke the fire every now and then with something new in the bedroom, the heat could die out entirely.

Some couples think they have fallen out of love or the spark is gone. It isn't. The person you fell for is still in there, with all the sex appeal that made the relationship pop at the beginning.

At first, the spice of novelty kept the relationship afloat; the thrill of discovery as you discovered each others' bodies, tastes, and personalities.

It was easy to keep things hot. As you relaxed into the relationship, routines set in, and bills and/or kids entered the picture, that easy sexual chemistry subsided.

Now it takes effort to spark that old romance. Switch things up tonight with some unique sex ideas.

Giving something different a chance might bring the spark back. Try one or more of these 20 new things to try in bed for couples.

New Things To Try in the Bedroom

1. Try New Positions

Want something new to do in bed? Try a different sex position. 

The Kama Sutra details 64 sexual positions. Most couples get tired after three or four. There's the one or two that works for him, and the one or two that works for her, and that's what they stick to, every time.

That kind of sexual routine can quickly become monotonous. Want something new to do in bed? Try a different sex position. All sex positions begin from one of the three starting points. These starting points are:

  • Face-to-face vs. rear entry
  • Standing, lying stacked, or lying side-by-side.
  • Him on top, her on top.

Everything else is a variation on one of those.

Within those basic parameters, however, the sky's the limit.

You could try:

  • Rear-entry with her bent over the bed, him standing behind.
  • Reverse cowgirl with his shoulders on an ottoman, hips raised in a bridge pose.
  • Reverse missionary where he lies on his back, tucks his legs back and she thrusts her vagina up and down on his penis—great for role-reversal play!

If you don't like the new position, there's nothing wrong with going back to the old faithful for the climax. But you both might discover sensations you never knew existed

Just know your body, and don't hurt yourself or your partner. Even if the new position turns out to be a comical train wreck, it's not a disaster—it's something to bond and laugh over.

Remember, sex is supposed to be fun!

See More Sex Positions We Recommend: Sex Positions to Last Longer in Bed

2. Keep the Lights On... or Turn them Off

Couple Getting Close in Romantic Setting

A survey done of over 2,000 people declared that those who were single preferred having sex with the lights on.

However, those who were in a relationship or who are married prefer intercourse in a dimmer darker setting.

In a separate study (A Griffin 2016), it was found that men who were exposed to bright light for a duration of time through the day experience more sex drive and were found to have increased testosterone levels.

Lighting Preferences During Sex Infographic

If you usually prefer the cover of darkness, try keeping the lights on. This can be especially great to try in bed for him.

Men tend to be visual creatures. It adds to the excitement of the encounter to watch her doing naughty things to him.

If you're usually a "light-on" couple, try sex in pitch-black. This one is awesome to try in bed for her.

Women have rich fantasy lives. The anticipation of the unknown and unexpected could really turn her on.

3. Try Light Bondage

Tips for Couples to Try Light Bondage

"BDSM" is a portmanteau abbreviation. It stands for "bondage and discipline, domination and submission, sadism and masochism."

According to Magliano (2015), research showed, anywhere from 2% to 62% of couples enjoy BDSM.

If that gap makes your brain hurt, remember that it matters how the question is worded.

BDSM could encompass anything from lightly holding your partner down, all the way up to living a kinky 24/7 submissive dominant dynamic.

A lot of people can enjoy the thrill of power or the rush of helplessness — as long as it’s consensual.

Some prefer to be in a more dominant role, and others prefer submissiveness (true of many couples who don't practice BDSM).

Occasionally, partners might switch roles because they can enjoy being in either dynamic (and are therefore known as a Switch).Don't go straight to handcuffs or ropes. Someone could easily get injured.

Instead, try tying each other down with silk scarves, maybe using one as a blindfold.

No slipknots, as they can constrict and cut off circulation. Use a stationary knot like a square knot or bowline.

Try some light teasing with:

  • Feathers
  • Foods
  • Fingers
  • Tongues

Try some common favorites among kinksters, like orgasm denial (which is exactly what it sounds like), edging (bringing your partner to the brink of orgasm before backing down to build the climax back up again).

Besides being clear about boundaries, an important aspect of BDSM play is a "safeword," usually something unrelated to the sex act like "banana" or "freight train."

When the submissive partner says the safeword, the session stops immediately and the dominant partner removes all restraints.

Safewords allow submissives to say things like "No, please stop!" and the dominant knows they are fine to continue.

Remember, BDSM is about the illusion of power and control between trusted partners.

The submissive is actually the one in control of the scene… they are willingly giving control and power to their partner and trusting them to respect their boundaries and keep them safe.

Since BDSM play can be emotionally and psychologically intense (mostly in a good way), “aftercare” is also an important part of BDSM.

That can include whatever is soothing to either or both partners, like cuddling, being wrapped in a blanket, etc.

4. Share Fantasies

Sharing Wild Fantasies in Bed

If you want ideas of things to try in bed with your partner, don't overlook the best source of all — asking your partner what they want!

Your partner may be ashamed of his or her sexual fantasies, brought up to believe that they were wrong or bad, or be afraid of you judging them or rejecting them for their desires.

Also, keep in mind that even if someone has a fantasy, it doesn’t mean that they want to do it in real life! Sometimes sharing fantasies and just talking about them can be stimulating enough.

Your relationship should feel like a safe space for both of you to talk about anything together, including each of your true desires and needs.

If your communication skills leave something to be desired, then work on boosting those skills first so that you can pave the way to smoother talks about more sensitive topics like sexuality.

5. Talk Dirty

Couple Cuddling and Talking Dirty in Bed

Many people feel stifled about talking dirty in bed, but it can really spice things up if you run out of things to do in the bedroom. 

If you're not used to talking dirty, you might be afraid of sounding ridiculous. Hot tip: Don’t use porn as an example, as it can be VERY cheesy, and you.

Saying "Give it to me!" or "You're a bad girl!" might provoke giggles instead of moans, if you say them half-heartedly.

Your delivery is as important as the words you use. Before you start this off, make sure you ask your partner if there are any words or things that they don’t want you to say (e.g. maybe they don’t want to hear “Who’s your daddy?” during sex)!

One trick to smooth dirty talk  is to become present to the moment, to the emotions you are feeling, and speak them from the heart… and your loins.

Don't be afraid to tell your partner what you want to do to him/her or what you want him/her to do to you. 

Even if you’ve been with your partner for eons, lots of people really enjoy getting a little filthy and talking dirty to each other.

6. Get Rough

Like BDSM, rough bedroom play can be intimidating for some folks, but can be an interesting change from your standard, everyday sex.

And just like in BDSM play, rough sex MUST have ongoing enthusiastic consent.

Setting clear boundaries, limits, and a safe word beforehand are essential to successful rough sex, as is checking in throughout the scene to make sure you’re both enjoying yourselves and each other.

OKcupid survey shows women like rough sex

That being said, 62% of women responding to an OKCupid poll reported that they liked rough sex.

This is open to interpretation, but it might include:

  • Choking
  • Holding partner down
  • Taking control 
  • Slapping breasts, face, etc.
  • Pulling hair
  • Spanking
  • Scratching
  • Biting

    Be extra careful before you choke, slap, scratch, hold down, or do anything to someone that could leave a mark.

    Consider rough play only with a trusted partner, and build up to it so you understand how rough you can safely get.

    Be sure to also avoid engaging in rough play that can break the skin or seriously injure someone. Make sure to do your research on how to safely engage in this form of intimacy.

    7. Swallow

    Sexual Mosaic Art

    Informal polls find that most people who give blowjobs to climax swallow the ejaculate.

    If you or your partner has objected to this in the past, consider giving it a try.

    Swallowing semen is naughty, taboo, and (some believe) intimate—in other words, a great thing to try in bed with your girlfriend or boyfriend.

    For the health-conscious, semen is 97% water, non-fattening, and contains about 2% sperm.

    The metallic taste comes from zinc, an essential mineral.

    If a partner objects to the taste of semen, the man could do a few things to improve the taste.

    Eating lots of fruit or drinking fruit juices reportedly improves the flavor of semen, while others habits like drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes can befoul the taste.

    Even eating certain foods can cause semen to taste bad like:

    • Broccoli
    • Brussels sprouts
    • Meat
    • Dairy
    • Coffee
    • Deep-fried foods

    8. Anal Play

    Couples Who Enjoy Anal

    Anal is considered taboo, a final frontier, the province of gay men.

    Women aren't supposed to like it, and certainly not straight men.

    The numbers tell a different story.

    An NIH study discovered that 43% of men and 37% of women report having had anal sex at least once in their lives.

    An NSSHB study by Herbenick et al, (2017) found that 43% of men and 37% of women concluded that over 20% had anal sex within the past year.

    Many couples make two big anal-sex mistakes:

    • Not trying it on themselves solo first. Integrating anal play into masturbation and trying it for the first time with no pressure and time to experiment is a great way to figure out if you’re enjoying it. If you do enjoy it, then you can share with your partner that you’d like to try it out together.
    • Not enough lubricant - The anus is tighter and does not self-lubricate like the vagina. Lube is mandatory, preferably a long-lasting, viscous lube made of oil or silicone.
    • Leading off with anal intercourse - A penis in the butt is something you work up to. Start small with a lubed-up finger in your partner's anus, maybe during regularly-scheduled sexual activity. Upgrade to small butt plugs, then larger butt plugs, inserted during other sex acts.
    • Using toys NOT designed for anal play. IMPORTANT: Only toys with flared bases are safe to use as butt plugs. Non-flared dildos or objects not meant for sexual insertion at all can become lost inside the rectum and cause internal damage — not to mention potentially costly and embarrassing visits to the ER.

    Anal is not for everybody, but enough people like it that it's worth a try—if for nothing else than the satisfaction of crossing that taboo line together.

      IMPORTANT: Only toys with flared bases are safe to use as butt plugs. Non-flared dildos can become lost inside the rectum and cause internal damage.

      9. Watch Each Other Masturbate

      Couples Should Watch Each Other Pleasure Themselves

      Pay attention—you could learn something!

      Many people feel furtive and secretive about their masturbation, habits acquired in adolescence while living with their parents.

      We've come a long way from mom and dad's house.

      Studies have shown that people find masturbation more physically gratifying than sex with a partner, even if partner sex was more emotionally gratifying.

      Maybe that's because we don't have to focus on anybody but ourselves.

      Maybe it's because only we know how to please ourselves the best.

      So turn masturbation into a partner activity.

      If you run out of things to do in bed, take the pressure off of pleasing each other and just please yourselves in each others' presence.

      You may discover that how you were touching the penis or vagina in question was very different from how your partner likes to touch him/herself.

      Try to reproduce that touch with your hands during the next hands-on session and see what happens.

      Plus, watching each other masturbate is great for those who enjoy voyeurism and exhibitionism, who want to watch and to be watched!

      10. Exchange Massages

      Sex may feel like too much pressure after a hard day, but who isn't down for a massage?

      Go for broke with aromatic oils, soothing music, silky sheets.

      It's a great way to enjoy each others' bodies and make each other feel good, without the effort of sex.

      Who knows—in that relaxed, dopamine-rich state, sex may just happen.

      11. Play Dress-Up

      Keep Things Interesting With Role-play in Bed

      If you commit to it, sexual role-playing can make every sex session a new adventure and a chance to explore kinks and common and unique fantasies.

      Dress-up ideas include:

      • Tarzan and Jane
      • Queen and peasant
      • Employee and boss
      • Student and teacher
      • Cheerleader and coach
      • Prisoner and guard
      • Prostitute and solicitor
      • Rock star and groupie
      • Movie star and publicist
      • Athlete and physical therapist
      • Old and young
      • Knight and damsel
      • Spiderman and Mary Jane
      • Doctor and patient 

      You can have tons of fun and get really creative with this. Let your imagination run wild to create an amazing sensual experience.

      12. Leave the Bed Behind

      Start Having Sex Around The House

      One of the best ways to try something new in the bedroom is to leave the bedroom.

      When you are confident of your privacy, take your sex session anywhere in the home that suits you.

      Options include:

      • The sofa
      • Kitchen counter
      • Kitchen table
      • Dining room table
      • Home office desk
      • Walk-in closet
      • Shower
      • Toilet
      • Swimming pool
      • Balcony
      • Back seat of the car
      • On the floor
      • Against the wall
      • Hood of the car 

      Sex out of the bedroom has that hot, spontaneous vibe of impatience—you can't keep your hands off each other, and can't be bothered to make it to the bedroom.

      You may have even had some sex like that early in the relationship.

      If you run out of things to do in bed, you could always relive those heady days of sex on the ottoman!

      13. Add Something Tasty

      How to Use Food During Sex

      Consider food play—chocolate sauce, marshmallows, strawberries, eating sushi off each other, dumping champagne over each others' bodies... go nuts.

      An edible lubricant or edible underwear are options too.

      Caution: Food and sugars in the vagina can lead to yeast infections.

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      Water based lube

      Lube isn't just for anal sex—it can make handjobs, toy play, and vaginal sex much more pleasurable.

      Lube should be in every couple's sex arsenal, even if they don't like roleplaying or toys.

      Dry vaginal sex can cause chafing and tearing.

      Adding lube makes sex pleasurable for everyone, more often.

      Lube comes in three basic varieties:

      • Water-based lube - Safe to use on condoms and toys.
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      • Oil-based lube - Silky and long-lasting, great for masturbation and toys. Safe to use with sex toys, but not with condoms.
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      15. Pick Each Other Up in Bars

      Relive the thrill of singlehood — without the rejection or the regret. Get dolled up, go out separately, and pretend not to know each other when you “bump into” each other at a bar or café.

      This also works well if you add some roleplay into the mix and pretend to be other people.

      If you really commit to your role and get into it together, this may also lead you and your partner to feel freer to do different things during sex.

      16. Play with Toys

      Sex toys play a key role in many long-term relationships.

      Women rarely give up their favorite vibrators just because they have a partner in bed with them regularly—and they shouldn't have to.

      A trip to the local adult store could reveal a world of possibilities to enhance your sexual encounters with possibilities for play.


      • Vibrators to effortlessly stimulate her clitoris during penetration
      • Cock rings to enhance his and her pleasure
      • Butt plugs or anal beads to add anal stimulation to the sexual encounter
      • Pocket pussies for her to use on his penis
      • Penis sleeves to prolong intimacy or enhance size. See some of the best penis sleeves available today  

      It's better than Christmas—with a new toy, sex with the same partner becomes a whole new thing!

      17. Be Spontaneous

      Couple Having Fun and Being Spontaneous

      The routine of chores, bills, meals, work, family responsibilities, and must-see TV (or Netflix) go a long way toward killing the spark in once-hot relationships. 

      It’s time to turn those boring routines into an advantage. Scour your routine for opportunities to inject hot sex into the mix.

      Early risers? A quickie to start off your day (when both of your testosterone and estrogen levels are at their highest) can make for better moods for both of you.

      A work assignment is due tomorrow? Try to distract (and reward) your partner with some oral sex while they’re in their office chair. 

      Stuck in traffic together during a long commute home? Pull off the road and snag a room at the nearest no-tell motel or see below for some more risqué sex ideas.

      18. Try Sex in Public

      Experiment Having Sex in The Car

      Now we're getting into a danger zone where only professionals dare to tread.

      Sex in public is the ultimate rush for many couples—the thrill of spontaneity, the risk of getting caught.

      Let's talk about getting caught. Sex in many public places violates public indecency laws.

      Interestingly, sex on a public-facing balcony or in front of a public-facing picture window is still considered public, even if the love nest is technically on your private property.

      Many couples dream of joining the mile-high club. Bear in mind that having sex in an airplane lavatory is totally illegal.

      So is road head or other sexual acts performed behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.

      Other danger zones include:

      • Public parks
      • The back seat of publicly-parked cars
      • Alleys
      • Public beaches

      More benign places to try public sex might include a bathroom or vacant bedroom of a home where you are attending a private party.

      Maybe this will surprise you, maybe it won't, but sex in the bathrooms of nightclubs is also very common.

      Public sex has one advantage—anyone who catches you may be too embarrassed to bust you, instead preferring to look the other way until you are done.

      19. Make a Sex Tape

      Make A Sexy Home Video

      Sometimes the knowledge that you are performing for the camera spices up the encounter.

      Go ahead and make your own homemade porno to revisit later and see how hot you look. Just be mindful of security.

      You may not want to see your homemade sex tape wind up on your favorite porn website unless maybe you are a reality TV star.

      20. Invite Others

      This can be a very touchy subject. Some couples can't handle the idea of their romantic partner touching someone else.

      This is very common, and nothing to be ashamed of. Don't let anyone convince you or pressure you that you should be okay with consensual non-monogamy if you aren't. (And on the flip side, monogamy isn’t for everyone, either.)

      The difference between cheating and ethical non-monogamy is that cheating is unethical in that the other partner is unaware of what’s going on.

      In ethical / consensual non-monogamy, both (or more) partners consent to expanding their boundaries and comfort zones to include flirting with, touching, playing with, dating, and/or even working up to having relationships with other people.

      Anything that’s done beyond those agreed-upon boundaries, even in open relationships, is cheating.

      Do men or women cheat more?

      If you and your partner are both comfortable with the idea of bringing another person (or another couple) into the mix, you can start to educate yourselves about the possibilities of opening up your relationship within the boundaries that you both agree upon.

      True champions of sexual experimentation could try any of the following:

      • Picking up a third - This requires at least one outgoing and charismatic partner, preferably both to charm your desired third party. But it’s not at all recommended for you to try with a friend or colleague or someone you may see or interact with in the future — because if things don’t go so well during the experience, it can be damaging to your relationships with each other.
      • Orgies, sex clubs, or swingers parties - You don’t have to play — you can just watch and experience the erotic atmosphere. Because of the complex dynamics of group sex, group play requires a higher level of self-awareness, a deep respect and understanding of consent and ensuring that you and your partner are totally on the same page.
      • Cuckold, cuckquean, hotwife, and hot husband fantasies - Some partners actually fantasize about their partners being sexual with someone else. Most cuckolds and cuckqueans want to be present during the encounter, even if they’re not participating in the sex itself. For hotwives and hot husbands, their partners usually help set up the playdate and vet the candidate to ensure everything is safe, but they do not usually want to be present during the encounter (though they may want photos and/or videos to stimulate them).
      • An open relationship - With a strong foundation of healthy communication, honesty, trust, respect, and openness, couples who are on the same page can absolutely experience the pleasures and fulfillment of an open relating dynamic that works for them.


      The effort to improve your sex life is worth it! You're worth it, and so is your partner!

      To put it mildly, sex matters​. With a foundation of intimacy and strong communication, sex can add to the glue that holds your relationship together. 

      Studies show that modern relationships start to fizzle and fail after as few as five bad sexual encounters. One partner might not even share their dissatisfaction until it's too late. 

      Don't wait to become complacent, bored, or resentful! Spice things up and enjoy the fruits of a rejuvenated sex life — right now.

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      Lexi Sylver

      Lexi Sylver

      Lexi Sylver is the Montreal-based erotica author of "Mating Season" and "All the Queen’s Men". She is also the producer and host of "Cocktails and Erotic Tales" as well as her "Swinging 101" webinar series. As an entrepreneur, advocate, educator, podcaster, public speaker and coach for ethical non-monogamy and sexual empowerment, she regularly contributes articles about sexuality and relationships to ASN Lifestyle Magazine, SDC.com and her personal blog, among other places. Her mission is to promote empowerment and education by guiding you to shamelessly explore your sexuality. Get Lexual at lexisylver.com


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