Difference between Bone pillows and Body Prop pillows

by Victoria Hunter Closson, Bone™ and Body Prop™ inventor

The new Body Prop pillows should be available during the first week of December 2014. We still have a few Backbone pillows in stock, so this will help  you decide which version will work for you. This page should also help current Bone pillow owners understand what changes were made and why.

Body Prop Long

About the new Body Prop – Click to enlarge

See the new Body Prop on this page, shown in the Long style. Body Props come in two lengths:
– LONG (~38″)
– CLASSIC (~26″)
They are identical except for length. The photo nearby identifies the parts.

Note that many of the photos throughout the site may still depict the Bone pillows unless otherwise noted. This is because, until we get the new product and have time to photograph them, we only have prototypes to photograph, and they are not sufficient. We’ll update the website photos with time, but the Bone photos depict the same usage. (Customer photos are always welcome!)


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The original Bone pillows have two bulbous ends. That’s because I originally invented the product for head and neck support: specifically, it needed to fill the void of space in the nape of the neck, so that’s why it was bulbous. When people started using the original Headbone pillow for back support, I added Backbone — the longer version of Headbone — to the line. I personally hated the feel of the bulb protruding into my back but thought, hey, to each his own — some people obviously like it. I always wanted to make a non-back-stabbing version of my pillow for lumbar support and fiddled and tested many varieties before arriving at what you see here: The Body Prop, best of both worlds, with EACH support option — concave and convex — both in the same device.

Not only does the new concave pillow-end feel good on your back for a more traditional-type lumbar support, but it also serves as a face-catcher when you use it as neck support because the flared edges support your face if you roll your head to the side. That’s a bonus for all you upright nappers out there.

I am very happy with the result and hope you will be too. Please share your thoughts or questions in the comments below or via Facebook, Twitter, or through our contact page here.

Relieve shoulder and buttocks strain while driving

Do you get a sore shoulder while driving?

If so, wedge Headbone under your elbow. It will prop up your shoulder, prevent slouching, and greatly relieve the strain.

Does your backside get fatigued when you sit for too long?

Yes! Sit on Headbone for relief. Maybe it has something to do with pressure points, but it really helps. (Yes, Headbone is strong and supportive enough for at least an average adult to sit on. We haven’t tested it for pound strength.)

Other tips

The larger end is the intended resting end, but the smaller end gives variety to other positions and may sometimes be preferred, like in airplane seats, when you need more variety of positions.

Also handy for supporting objects, too!

Lumbar support examples in different types of chairs

Task (office) ChairLumbar support in an office task chair

Use Headbone® on a low-back seat for LUMBAR support. It may be necessary to remove some filler to make Headbone® flat enough for this use. (Access filler through the zipper on the side seam.)

Ford Explorer Seat

Lumbar support in a Ford Explorer seat

Backbone™ on a Ford Explorer seat. The inset shows how much of the device is hanging over the backside.

Backbone™ is long enough to reach the lumbar region in high-back seats like car seats, executive office chairs, recliners, etc.

Like Headbone®, it won’t slide away when you move.
Compared to Headbone®, it’s 12 inches longer.

Important: Backbone™ is filled the same amount as Headbone®, which may be too full for most lumbar applications. If so, you can remove some filler to make it fit better. (See video on “More Info & FAQ” page for more information.)



Head and neck support examples in different types of chairs

Note: Some photos depict discontinued colors or styles, but usage is the same.

La-z-Boy Recliner

Use Headbone on your La-Z-Boy recliner as a headrest to make tv-watching or reading more comfortable.Head and neck support in a recliner

Note: the Headbone shown with this La-Z-Boy recliner is 2 inches shorter than the current Headbone style. Also note: Some La-Z-Boy seat backs have up to twice as much depth as the one shown here. If yours is extra-thick, then you may want to consider using Backbone (38″) instead of Headbone (26″) to ensure it’s long enough to drape over and still be postioned properly. Go HERE to learn how to measure your chair to determine the best Bone™ Pillow for you.

Adirondack ChairHead and neck support in an Adirondack chair

Many outdoor lounge chairs recline too far behind the head, especially an Adirondack chair. You won’t get a crick in your neck when your head is supported while you relax, read, or watch the view.

Woman using Headbone® for head and neck support poolside reading paper in a deck lounge chair

Chaise Lounge Chair