Best Back Rests

With back pain being one of the most common health problems in the world today, affecting an average of eight out of ten people at some time in life, it can help to have the proper support in place in the form of a supportive backrest.

Having a supportive backrest or cushion to improve your posture while sitting for long periods can help to reduce or even avoid back pain. Backrests can take the unnecessary weight off your lower back and spine while working or relaxing at home.

There are different types of backrests to choose from, and they are very inexpensive to buy compared to many medical aids. You can choose from ergonomic memory foam cushions for lower back support, wedge-shaped pillows and foldable metal-framed backrests with breathable mesh materials to help support you while sitting up in bed.

Here  are our best backrest recommendations:

Adjustable bed backrest

NRS Healthcare L98229 Healthcare Adjustable Angle Back Rest

NRS Healthcare produces medical aids, including this lightweight, adjustable backrest made using breathable nylon mesh. Measuring 50 x 57 x 60 centimetres, this is an ideal backrest to use while sitting up in bed to eat, drink or read.

This portable backrest needs to be positioned against a bed headboard or wall so it doesn’t slip off the bed during use. It has a solid yet lightweight metal frame with stretched breathable fabric and a comfortable padded headrest.


Motion performance Essentials Fabric Bed Back Rest

This is a heavy-duty adjustable fabric bed backrest. It is fully adjustable with five different height settings up to an 85-degree angle.

The backrest is fitted with easy-clean fabric that is lightweight and breathable with a padded head cushion. This bed backrest provides ideal support for those who cannot sleep flat and need to sleep on an incline for health reasons. It needs to be used on a bed with a headboard or with the bed pushed up against the wall to avoid it slipping off the bed during use.

Bed backrest cushion

Wedge Pillow Support Cushion

A comfortable wedge-shaped pillow that is ideal for supporting your back while sitting up in bed. This is a flexible pillow that can be used to raise your head, shoulders and back to alleviate snoring and acid reflux.

Ideal for anyone with respiratory or sinus problems. The pillow comes with a removable machine washable protective cover made from a cotton blend 50% Cotton and 50% Polyester.

Vekkia Reading & Bed Rest Pillow with Support Arms

This is a very comfortable memory foam cushion with added armrests and handy pockets to store your phone or TV remote control. It provides excellent back support while sitting up in bed, working, watching TV, eating or reading.

The memory foam pillow has a soft removable velvet cover, weighs just 200g and measures 38.1 x 27.9 x 45.7 centimetres. It provides firm yet comfortable support for your head, neck, shoulders and back.

Milliard Reading Pillow XL

This is a memory foam pillow with armrests designed to support your head, neck and back while sitting up in bed. It is made from lightweight shredded memory foam and has a super soft velour cover that is removable and washable.

Measuring 60cm x 40cm, this is an ideal back support pillow that allows you to rest comfortably while sitting up in bed, working, reading or watching TV. The shredded foam core is more lightweight and airy than a solid foam pillow.

Backrest for chair

Duvet and Pillow Company Warm Sherpa Fleece Back Rest Lumbar Support Cushion

This is a UK made backrest cushion suitable for use in armchairs. This cushion is machine washable for easy care, made from soft and warm polyester acrylic fleece.

This firm yet comfortable back support cushion provides excellent back and spine support and fits into most armchairs. There is extra built-in support for the lumbar section of your back.


Chums Brand Faux Suede Back Lumbar Support Cushion

This is a soft and flexible Faux Suede back support cushion for lumbar support while sitting in an armchair. It measures 75 x 65 x 6 centimetres and is made from polyester.

A warm and comfortable cushion supports your spine and improves your posture and alignment while sitting. The lumbar section cradles your back to help relieve backaches and pain.


Chums Quality Fleece Back Rest

Offering excellent lumbar support, this soft and warm polyester fleece backrest cushion is lightweight and warm. Measuring 75 x 30 x 9 centimetres, it has a faux sheepskin finish that looks attractive and is soft to the touch.

This backrest cushion is ideal for relieving back pain while relaxing and is suitable for use in a chair or on a bed with a headboard.

Backrest for office chair


m zimoon Mesh Back Support

Lightweight with excellent air circulation, this lumbar support backrest is ideal for use on chairs when you need a bit of extra lumbar support. The backrest attaches easily to most office style chairs with an elastic strap that keeps it in place. It can also be used to support your back while driving to aid back pain relief.

The mesh backrest material curves to fit your waist contours and provide targeted lower back support when you need it. It can help to reduce pressure build-up and fatigue on long car journeys or when sitting at work for long periods.


Everlasting Comfort Lumbar Support Cushion

This is an ergonomic memory foam back support cushion with a breathable mesh cover for good air circulation. The cushion comes with dual adjustable straps to securely fit it to most standard office chairs.

You can also use this while driving or riding in a car on long journeys to help prevent back pain from pressure on the lower spine.

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