Single Column Tie: The Ultimate Guide for Beginners

Learning to tie a single column tie in eight easy steps, shown here.
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Are you new to the world of rope bondage and looking to learn the basics of the single column tie? Look no further than this ultimate guide for beginners. In this comprehensive tutorial, we’ll walk you through every step of the process, from selecting the right rope to tying the perfect knot. Whether you’re interested in exploring the sensual side of rope play or simply looking for a new hobby, mastering the single column tie is an essential skill to have in your arsenal. With clear, easy-to-follow instructions and helpful illustrations, you’ll be able to quickly and confidently tie your partner in no time. So grab your rope, and let’s get started on this exciting journey into the world of rope bondage.

Benefits of using Single Column Tie

One of the building blocks of shibari, the single column tie is one of the most versatile ties in rope bondage. It can be used to tie wrists, ankles, and other parts of the body, making it an essential skill for any beginner. Here are some of the benefits of using the single column tie:

1. Versatility: The single column tie can be used to tie a variety of body parts, toys and even furniture, making it a versatile and useful tie that can be used for a variety of bondage scenarios and positions.

2. Safety: The single column tie is a great starting point for beginners. It is easy to tie and can be quickly released if necessary, with the added benefit of a

3. Sensuality: The single column tie can be used to create a sensual and intimate experience between partners, as it requires close physical contact and communication.

Safety precautions for beginners

As with any BDSM activity, safety should always be the top priority. Here are some safety precautions to keep in mind when practicing the single column tie:


Always communicate with your partner throughout the tying process. Check in regularly to make sure they are comfortable and safe. Reassure your partner that they can, and indeed need to, communicate anything that feels wrong to them. Riggers aren’t mind readers, and though it is possible to see certain problems, most of them are not visible.


Make sure you have your partner’s full, enthusiastic and informed consent before tying them up. Once they are in your ropes they may zone out a little bit. This is called rope space, and rope space is not an appropriate time to gain a partners consent.

Selecting the right rope:

Make sure you select a rope that is appropriate for the task at hand. Avoid using ropes that are too thick or too thin, as they can cause discomfort or injury. Also, avoid using any damaged or frayed rope.

Materials needed for Single Column Tie

To get started with the single column tie, you’ll need a few basic materials:

1- Rope.

hemp rope suitable tying single column ties.

For beginners, I recommend using a soft, flexible rope made from natural fibres such as cotton. Once you are confident with this then switching to a firmer rope like hemp, as I’ve shown here, is a great progression. Lengths of eight or ten metres are quite standard, and give flexibility as you tie.

2. Safety Shears

safety shears won't pierce skin if you need to cut the rope.

In case of emergency, it’s always a good idea to have a pair of safety shears on hand to quickly cut through the rope. Rather than using a pair of scissors, ENT shears, widely available in local pharmacies, will not damage skin if you need to cut the rope.

3. Spotter.

A spotter may be required

If you are self tying or, when you gain experience, suspending, it’s important to have a spotter with you. Someone to assist if the process goes awry. When self-tying a rigger may get themselves stuck and need help to release, and when flying their partner an extra set of hands may be helpful for a quick and safe release.

Step-by-step instructions for Single Column Tie

Now that you have your materials ready, it’s time to start tying. Follow these step-by-step instructions to create a single column tie:

1. Find the Bight.

Find the bight

Start by running the rope between your fingers from one end to the other. This smooths the rope, removing any possible kinks that could get you into trouble later on, as you tie. Now hold the two ends in on hand and run the ropes through your other hand until you reach the middle. This is called the bight. The ropes that come away from this is called the working end.

2. Measure the rope.

Finding the right length rope to start my single column tie involves measuring an arms length from the bight.

I like to measure out an appropriate length of rope for any tie, before I start. Holding the bight between my fingers I run the working end up my arm. Where the rope meets my armpit is where I begin the tie around my single column.

3. Wrap the rope around your single column.

Hemp rope is wrapped twice around the single column I'm using, my wrist.

Starting from the point I measured to, I wrap the ropes around my wrist, which is my single column. I do this twice, and ensure the ropes lie flat against the skin, this will be much more comfortable for your bunny, but it’s also safer as crossed wraps trap nerves easier than smooth ones. Make sure to leave a small loop at the end. The end I’ve left here is a little longer than normal, but if you leave too small a loop it will need removing and retying in order to create a stable and secure knot.

4. Cross the rope over the top of the wrist.

cross the bight end over the wraps

Cross the rope over the top of the wraps around your single column. Make sure you also cross over the working ends too, so they form the tie comes together in a safe, secure way.

5. Tuck the rope under the loop.

tuck the rope under the wraps

Tuck the rope under the loop, ensuring you hook and pull it through with your finger rather than pushing it through. Once you’ve pulled the bight end through lay it over the wrist again.

6. Create a friction.

Create a friction

It is now time to secure the bight and firm up the single column tie by creating a friction. In my example I have used a simple over-hand knot, and ensured it is compacted down. However, there are more stable knots out there, and I would recommend checking out a Somerville Bowline tutorial on Youtube, my preference for tying with two hands!

7. And repeat!

repeating the single column tie from wrist to opposite ankle.

Repeat the process on the other wrist or whatever body part you’re tying. Something as simple as a single column tie can be used to create many different experiences for the bunny.

Mastered the single column? Variations and modifications

Once you’ve mastered the basic single column tie, there are many variations and modifications you can try. Here are a few ideas, with visual examples from me, to get you started:

1. Double column tie: This is similar to the single column tie, but involves tying two columns together, while also keeping them separate.

2. Crotch rope: This involves tying a rope around the waist (using a single column tie) before placing the working ends between the legs. This creates a sensual and intimate, and occasionally exquisitely painful, experience.

3. Karada: This body harness involves creating a complex web of rope around the body, creating a beautiful and intricate bondage pattern. This is a tie that, once you’ve mastered the basics, is a fun, quick and

Tips for maintaining control during tying.

Maintaining control during the tying process is essential for ensuring the safety and comfort of your partner. Here are a few tips to help you maintain control:

1. Communicate: Regularly check in with your partner to make sure they are comfortable and safe. Ensure you both understand how you will communicate needs during the rope session. Straightforward, open communication may be best in the early stages, or traffic lights if this works within your dynamic. Consider that your bunny may go non-verbal during rope scenes, if this is likely ensure they have a way to tell you if something is off.

2. Start slow: Take your time and start with simple ties, like the single column tie, before moving on to more complex ones. Be patient with yourself, even experienced riggers can struggle to get their rope-tying fingers into the game.

3. Practice: The more you practice, the more confident and in control you will feel. Practise on yourself, on furniture and cushions, and on consenting friends.

Common mistakes to avoid

As with any skill, there are some common mistakes that beginners often make when practicing the single column tie. Here are a few to avoid:

1. Tying too tight:

tension check by sliding a finger under the wraps.

Make sure you don’t tie the rope too tight, as this can cause discomfort or injury. For many ties I like to be able to slide a finger beneath the wraps. Using cotton rope in your early explorations gives you a little more flexibility with tensions than hemp or jute, which are both less stretchy.

2. Using the wrong rope: Make sure you use a rope that is appropriate for the task at hand. For example, do not use rubber ropes for your first attempt at tying a single column, or coir rope for suspension!

3. Not checking in with your partner: Regularly check in with your partner to make sure they are comfortable and safe. Asking them to squeeze your fingers is a helpful way to gauge loss of power and, therefore, possible nerve damage. But using a verbal check in is great too. As discussed further up the post, make sure you have a plan for communication before you start. Remind your rope bunny that you are not a mind reader and to keep them safe you’ll need their input!

Resources for further learning.

If you’re interested in learning more about rope bondage and the single column tie, there are many resources available. Here are a few to get you started:

1. Online tutorials: There are many online tutorials and instructional videos available that can help you master the single column tie and other knots. YouTube has a wealth of free tutorials, but do take your time to find a channel that works for your learning style. You can also find online schools specialising in shibari, which will take you through a guided education of bondage. The Shibari Academy is one example, here you can find a comprehensive educational resource, complete with certificate upon completion.

2. Workshops and classes: Many BDSM and kink communities offer workshops and classes on rope bondage, where you can learn from experienced practitioners. Fetlife is my first stop for finding events, whether they be rope workshops, rope jams and munches or peer rope. Peer rope is half way between a workshop and a rope munch, they usually provide a safe space to play with ropes and socialise, with a little teaching from experienced peers.

3. Books and guides: There are many books and guides available on the topic of rope bondage, including “The Seductive Art of Japanese Bondage” by Midori and “Two Knotty Boys Showing You the Ropes” by Dan and JD.


The single column tie is an essential skill for any beginner in the world of rope bondage. With its versatility, safety, and sensuality, it is a knot that can be used in a variety of bondage positions and scenarios. By following these step-by-step instructions, you can quickly and confidently master the single column tie and start exploring the exciting world of rope bondage. Remember to always prioritize safety and communication, and never hesitate to seek out additional resources and support as you continue on your journey.

Do you have any questions about the techniques discussed here? Do get in touch and ask.

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  1. This is a wonderful tutorial. I really appreciate the inclusion of common mistake to avoid. Fun but dangerous 🙂
    I was thinking the other day how I miss ML’s tie me up Tuesday and should really get back into some self tieing 🙂 This is my sign!

  2. Fab tutorial – a single column is a staple of rope bondage, and the detailed steps, pictures and all of the safety considerations make it a great resource for beginners.

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