What length pillow should you get for your seat or recliner?

Not sure which size Body Prop pillow to get? 

Body Prop pillow (aka Classic Prop pillow) positioned for head or neck support on leather club chair.

Headbone pillow (aka Body Prop Classic) on a leather club chair, positioned for head or neck support.

The main determining factor is the depth of your seat back, since the pillow needs to drape over the top of the seat and still have enough room for each pillow end to hang down each side of the chair. Then, the intended pillow-end needs to reach the area where you will need it, i.e., head/neck area, or lumbar area.

1. Measure the depth of your chair’s seat back.

2. The seat back shown here is 5 inches deep, and you can see there is plenty of room to adjust the Body Prop. If your seat back depth is LESS THAN 8 inches, then the Classic length should be long enough for most head and neck support, as long as your head or neck is near the top of the seat back when you’re seated in the chair. The Classic length will work on a seat with depth up to about 10 inches, but your adjustability will be limited because the depth of the seat back is taking up so much of the length of the pillow “neck.”

Body Prop Long on club chair for lumbar support

Backbone pillow in color SAND (aka Body Prop Long), draped over a leather club chair, positioned to support the lumbar or back.

Some recliners (like La-Z-Boy brand) have extra-thick seat backs. If your seat back depth is GREATER THAN 8 inches, then you should consider using the LONG Body Prop for head and neck support so it’s long enough to span the seat back and also offer versatility and adjustability.

The next photo shows the same chair using the LONG pillow, positioned for lumbar support. If this Long pillow was positioned for head and neck support, you can estimate from this photo how much would be hanging over the back.

3. For further testing, sit in the chair and determine where you need support.

Body Prop dimension4. Consider the lengths of the various Body Prop pillow pieces shown here and make sure the pillow will reach your intended resting position. Note that both Body Prop pillows are identical except for neck length.

Still not sure? Contact us at 410-326-0468 OR contact us here and send a photo and we’ll be happy to help you decide.

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Difference between Bone pillows and Body Prop pillows

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

Originally posted on November 24, 2014

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. [Bone pillows are discontinued and sold out.] 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 or Body Prop 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 Body Prop for relief. Maybe it has something to do with pressure points, but it really helps. Plus, we all know that you should alter your position frequently to prevent soreness. (Yes, Body Prop is strong and supportive enough for at least an average adult to sit on, although we haven’t tested it for pound strength.) Try it!

Lumbar support examples in different types of chairs

[Updated May 13, 2015]

Task (office) ChairLumbar support in an office task chair

Use Body Prop™ Classic (or discontinued Headbone®) on a low-back seat for LUMBAR support. Use the CONCAVE end of the pillow for more traditional lumbar support, or use the BULBOUS end of the pillow for a more targeted, firm support. It may be necessary to remove some filler to make it flat enough for this use. (Access filler through the zipper on the side seam.)

Bucket seats in a vehicle (Ford Explorer seat shown)

Lumbar support in a Ford Explorer seat

As early-version of Backbone™ on a Ford Explorer seat. The inset shows how much of the device is hanging over the backside. Although an older product, usage and length are the same.

Body Prop Long (or discontinued Backbone) is long enough to reach the lumbar region in high-back seats like car seats, executive office chairs, recliners, etc.

Especially important in a vehicle, it won’t slide away when you move. Compared to the Classic length, it’s 12 inches longer.

Important: We fill both the Body Prop Long and Classic with the same amount of filler. While the filler amount is just right for most head/neck-support applications, it may be too much for some lumbar applications. In that case, you can remove filler from the side zipper 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 Body Prop (or discontinued Headbone) on your La-Z-Boy recliner as a headrest to make tv-watching or reading more comfortable.

Tips on which pillow-end to use for head/neck support:

For “alert” activities, like TV-watching, or reading, or conversing: use the bulbous end of the pillow, so it holds your head aloft.

For “relaxed” behavior, like napping or daydreaming: use the concave end of the pillow, which is more yielding; also, the flared edges will cup your face if you roll your head from side to side.
Head and neck support in a recliner

Note: the Headbone shown with this La-Z-Boy recliner is 2 inches shorter than the current Body Prop Classic 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 Body Prop Long (38″) to ensure it’s long enough to drape over and still be positioned properly. Go HERE to learn how to measure your chair to determine the best Body Prop™ 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, watch the view, or chat with friends.

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

Body Prop is the perfect companion pillow for sunbathing. We don’t have a custom cover designed yet. If you’re concerned about soiling it while sunbathing, cover it with a small towel. It works great.