While you can make every effort to make your office ergonomic, sometimes you need a bit of extra back support to keep your body in alignment. Ideally, you'll have a good ergonomic office chair like the Oak Hollow Aloria Series Office Chair. Still, it may not be in the budget, and a cushion can improve the feel of your current chair. These back cushions are different shapes, sizes, and price points, but they are all constructed of memory foam to give you the best back support for your office chair.
This pure memory foam back cushion is designed to be placed anywhere you need it: at your neck, upper back, mid-back, or lower back. Two adjustable straps hold it in place.
The colorful choice
The medium-sized LoveHome Memory Foam Lumbar Support Back Cushion comes in a handful of colors to go with anyone's taste and decor. It's molded to support the mid-back and lower back.
A simple option
The memory foam ComfiLife Lumbar Support Back Pillow doesn't take up much space in your chair. It offers posture support and lower back pain relief, with no extra features or options.
Longer for your whole back
Feagar's Lumbar Support Pillow/Back Cushion is one of the longer options, so your upper, middle, and lower back are all supported at once. The contoured sides create a shape that some may find more comfortable.
Samsonite makes several cushions for your back; this one is just for the lumbar area. The memory foam pillow is firm on the inside and soft on the outside for just-right support.
Back and seat support
For one low price, you get a lumbar support pillow and a seat cushion. Both are memory foam cushions with machine-washable covers. The back cushion has straps to attach to your office chair, breathable mesh in the cover, and a side pocket to hold your iPhone or other small accessories. The seat cushion has a carrying handle and a non-skid bottom.
Which is the best back support for your office chair?
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With more of us working from home than ever before, it's that much more important for us to have comfortable workspaces wherever we are working. You also may need a back support cushion if you use a wheelchair, travel a lot, or just want your recliner to be more comfortable. Please note that this list is no substitute for medical advice. The Everlasting Comfort Lumbar Support for Office Chair is a great all-around choice because it can be placed along different parts of your back, depending on where you need the most support.
The Samsonite Half Moon Lumbar Support Pillow is ideal if what you need is lumbar support in particular. The supportive memory foam pillow combines firm support and softness. The outer cover is removable and washable. Since it's small, it can easily be moved from your home office to your car to your office, wherever you need it.
These back support cushions are a fantastic way of upgrading even the most modest of options from something found on our cheap office chair guide. Heck, we've long-extended the life of a few of our own cheap chairs over the years by adding some extra support.
For all-over comfort, you might also consider a office seat cushion. Used in concert with a back cushion, you can create a pretty nice setup for yourself. If you're able, I'd also like to suggest a standing desk like the Flexispot EG1 Standing Desk. I use one, and I find that alternating sitting, standing, and moving throughout the day is more comfortable than sitting all day.
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Karen is a contributor to iMore.com as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at CNET. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, AppAdvice, WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.