How to Tie Someone Up

There are plenty of harmless reasons why you would want to tie someone up — maybe it's for a play, or maybe you're pulling a prank on your best friend for his bachelor party or even having some intimate fun with your partner. Although you should always be aware of the safety and comfort of the other person, tying someone up is relatively easy and makes for pretty good fun when done correctly.


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    Tie their hands and feet so they cannot escape. To tie their hands, pull them behind their back and wrap the rope relatively firmly around both of them, which will keep them tightly together. Cinch the rope between their wrists to ensure that they can't wiggle their hands free. Make sure that the rope sits right below their thumb joint, with the knot well out of reach of their fingers and try to finish your rope work with the knots as far away from their fingers as possible. Always ensure that their palms are facing each other, as this makes it extremely difficult for them to get to the knots as well. However, if you are tying them to a chair, each wrist can be tied and secured separately with one wrist tied to one arm of the chair and the other wrist to the other arm of the chair as well, as this makes it quite difficult for them to try to get free - especially when the rope is cinched. Be careful, though, that it doesn't cut off circulation. Feet should always be tied above the ankle, either firmly together or if they are being tied to a chair, tie each ankle separately to each of the chair legs. Ensure that the rope securing their ankles is also cinched either between their ankles or between the ankle and the chair leg, depending on how you've tied them up. If you want to make sure your victim cannot move their feet or squirm very much, use another length of rope to tie them securely underneath the chair. It's important to remember though, that this can become quite uncomfortable after a while. If their ankles have been tied together, you can also tie another length of rope around their knees to keep them together.
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    Always remove the victim's shoes before tying their ankles to ensure that they have absolutely no way to wiggle their feet free.
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    If they are being tied to a chair, run an extra length of rope around their abdomen area and between the arms and abdomen and secure it firmly to the back of the chair they are tied to. This will help prevent them from trying to get up, squirming too much and trying to escape. While this rope can be cinched between the chair and the victim's back, it should not be cinched too tightly as it can become very uncomfortable. This rope will place additional pressure on your victim's abdomen and bladder, especially if they have had a lot to drink and have not been allowed to use the bathroom before being tied up. (the body continually feeds liquid into the bladder, so even if a person hasn't had much to drink, they will still need to use the bathroom after being kept tied up for a few hours). After a while, you may want to consider freeing them for a bit so they can relieve themselves - however, you will need to keep a sharp eye on them to ensure that they don't try to get away during this time! In most cases though, a person who has been tied up for more than a few hours and needs to relieve themselves will normally start to squirm their abdominal areas and wiggle their legs up and down or side to side - depending on how they have been tied up. If their legs have been tied separately though, they will usually be trying to squeeze their thighs together. If they are constantly wiggling their legs and squirming, there is a good chance that they are pretty desperate to get to the bathroom - by this time, they will usually not be able to keep holding for longer than a few minutes at the most.
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    To check how tight your rope work is, put a finger under the rope. If you struggle to do so, then the rope is likely too tight. It's always good to ensure that knots do not pull too tight, as this will restrict blood flow, and cause nerve damage if left tied for too long - not to mention be extremely uncomfortable for the person who has been bound.
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    If the victim is not being tied to a chair or pole, ensure that his or her legs are firmly tied together below as well as above the knees as well as around their ankles. One of the best ways to keep your victim immobile if no chair or pole is available is to roll them on to their stomach and bring their bound ankles up towards their bound wrists. Join these two bound areas together with another length of rope, effectively placing them in a hogtie. He or she will not be able to squirm much or move anywhere in this position. Be aware though, that this position can impede breathing, and you should never leave your victim in it unsupervised. If you are tying him or her to a pole, ensure that the hands are tied quite well above the head so they cannot reach the knots binding them.If you intend gagging your captive, this can be done either with a piece of tape, a bandana or even (clean) socks.
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    If you still feel like they are not secure enough then tie their feet and hands together. If it is a chair that you can weave rope through than you can tie their abdomen using that. You could similarly tie their upper arms to the chair using that method. If it is a tall chair and you didn't want them to look around than you could tie their head back but again this could only really be done with a chair you can weave rope through.
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    Don't forget to gag the person. Gag ensures the person's inability to shout or call for help. You can gag the person by stuffing cloth inside his/her mouth. A damp cloth works better. A damp cloth prevents the person's mouth from drying. You can even use a cleave gag or a handkerchief tied around his/her head. Sometimes all the three gags can be used.
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    Sometimes you can even blindfold the person. It ensures that the person is not able to identify the place where he/she is bound and restrained. It is optional.


  • For extra safety, some rope or tape across the fingers and toes work well.
  • Never tie anything around the throat/neck area.
  • Make sure you don't leave the person you tied up alone, especially if they have been gagged. Then something bad may happen. This could get you in trouble.
  • Always be careful not to tie them too tightly, if they suddenly can't breathe you should untie them. Never leave them in a room on their own.
  • If they have a breathing problem and they want you to untie them, do so, quickly!
  • For even more added fun, make sure you victim needs to pee before being tied up and tickle them a little. This will make them squirm even harder to try to get free!
  • If you are gagging them with a cloth, always dampen it first to prevent their mouth from drying out.
  • If you need an excuse, say "I needed to practice my self-defense skills".
  • If tying to a pole, put their knees on either side of the pole and tie them up on the other side of the pole. Then, ensure that their hands are tied above their head.
  • Tying someone up against their will could be considered as kidnapping and is illegal.
  • Try turning off the lights and shining a dull flashlight in their eyes to interrogate them, or tell them they will have to have a few more drinks before they will be allowed to use the bathroom.
  • Don't get caught; there may be consequences.


  • Never leave the person tied up alone. Something bad might happen like they suddenly can't breathe. Then you'll be in trouble!
  • Again, please be careful with the tape.
  • Be very careful, because they might crush you or you could get hurt because of their anger. They could also get back at you at any time, so beware.

Things You'll Need

  • Rope, or anything else strong enough to tie somebody. The best rope to use is soft cotton rope as it will not chafe the skin and it also knots pretty well.
  • Tape to tape up their mouth and to wrap around their fingers after tying them up so they cannot get to the knots.
  • a small dampened cloth to place in the victim's mouth as part of the gagging process.
  • A chair if you intend tying them to a chair.

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