Backrests & Seat Cushions - Shape Seating

Backrests & Seat Cushions

Our Guide to Backrests and Seat Cushions

'Should I use a portable backrest on my office chair?' Probably not, simply because they have a tendency to make the seat too short, or to push the upper back away from the backrest. Our first option would always be to try and get a chair that fits you correctly without the need for add-on support.

This being said, portable backrests are ideal for travel, or meetings, or even on your sofa/dining chair at home. You can't very well take your favourite office chair with you on the plane to Majorca! However, it is important to get something that still fits in with the environment you are in. Plane seats are notoriously short, even for those with short legs, so please don't opt for a really thick back support that ends up giving you even less room! Opt for something nice and thin, just to fill the gap in the lumbar area, even inflatable so it doesn't take up too much room in your hand luggage. The Magic Inflatable Back Support is ideal for this scenario.

On the other hand, a larger backrest, such as the Obusforme Low, or Therapeutica, can work wonders in vans and lorries where support is traditionally minimal. In my experience these types of seats tend to be quite flat, both in the lumbar, and kidney area, and it is nice to have something large that supports the whole of your back. You can even get the Therapuetica backrest with a neck support!

Seat wedges are also a very good idea for many forms of travel where the hips sink to low in the seat. This can force the pelvis to rotate backwards and drag the spine down, losing the natural lumbar curve and causing discomfort. Sitting in a seat wedge can offer relief by raising the hips and opening up the pelvic angle. Do be aware however that if you are using a seat wedge that is quite steep, you may find that you don't connect as well with the backrest. So choose wisely! I find the best one the 8 Degree Seat wedge with standard foam. It doesn't compress too easily and just gives the slight elevation that I need to keep the pelvic angle open whilst maintaining contact with the backrest of the seat ion the right area - but it is a very personal thing!

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Duo Memory Foam Car Lumbar Support

From £34.39 (£28.66 +VAT)

The Duo Memory Foam Car Lumbar Support comes with a removable secondary layer insert, ideal for drivers only requiring a...

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Spinal Back Support Tall with Neck Support

From £198.35 (£165.29 +VAT)

From Therapeutica, this ergonomically designed to conform to the natural contours of your spine while supporting your...

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Spinal Back Support Average

From £167.99 (£139.99 +VAT)

From Therapeutica, this ergonomically designed to conform to the natural contours of your spine while supporting your...

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Spinal Back Support Petit

From £161.39 (£134.49 +VAT)

From Therapeutica, this ergonomically designed to conform to the natural contours of your spine while supporting your...

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Lumbar D Roll

From £16.98 (£14.15 +VAT)

Simple lumbar D Roll for improving your posture: 4"x11"

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Tempur Lumbar Support

From £71.94 (£59.95 +VAT)

Height adjustable Tempur foam lumbar support.

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Tempur Transit Lumbar Support

From £59.94 (£49.95 +VAT)

Portable lumbar support with TEMPUR foam and strap for easy height adjustment to any seat.

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Obusforme Seat

From £39.95 (£33.29 +VAT)

Use seperately or attached to your Obusforme back support for seat comfort - 17.5wx16d"

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Obusforme Low Back Support

From £59.94 (£49.95 +VAT)

Obusforme Low Back Support 22"h x 17"w - padded and shaped to your back

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Backfriend Delux

From £66.00 (£55.00 +VAT)

The MEDesign Backfriend is an ergonomic back support combining a back rest and seat support. Manufactured by MEDesign Ltd...

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Magic Inflatable Back Support - Small

From £26.46 (£22.05 +VAT)

Small, self inflating back support. The Magic Range is a unique, innovative concept from Putnams. The range is...

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Actyv Inflatable Lumbar Support

From £42.00 (£35.00 +VAT)

Small inflatable back support with air pump and chair strap Dimensions: 200x100mm For situations where a good chair is not...

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Rest-a-Back

From £28.08 (£23.40 +VAT)

Small, slimline portable back support with weighted strap for adjusting the height of the support on any seat. The...

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Large Backrest

From £46.62 (£38.85 +VAT)

Large portable back support with lateral muscle support. Large Backrest supports the spine and lower back encouraging...

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8 Degree Coccyx Wedge - Memory Foam

From £43.02 (£35.85 +VAT)

A base of high resilience foam to maintain support is fused with 3cm of visco elastic memory foam to give maximum comfort...

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8 Degree Wedge - Memory Foam

From £43.02 (£35.85 +VAT)

A base of high resilience foam to maintain support is fused with 3cm of visco elastic memory foam to give maximum comfort...

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8 Degree Slimline Wedge

From £24.00 (£20.00 +VAT)

  Ideal for use in a car where headroom is restricted Added tilt eases muscle tension in the legs Use in any chair...

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11 Degree Coccyx Cutout Wedge

From £35.70 (£29.75 +VAT)

Tilts the pelvis correctly, so the spine is in its natural position significantly decreasing pain in the lower back and...

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11 Degree Wedge

From £35.70 (£29.75 +VAT)

Tilts the pelvis correctly, so the spine is in its natural position significantly decreasing pain in the lower back and...

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Tempur Seat Wedge

From £83.94 (£69.95 +VAT)

Relieves the back in a natural way. Due to its shape, the seat wedge pushes the pelvis forward, which automatically brings...

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Magic Inflatable Seat Wedge

From £26.46 (£22.05 +VAT)

Pressure relieving and comfortable to sit on, the Magic Wedge adapts the angle of the sitting position, taking the strain...

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Sero Cushion Polo

From £26.96 (£22.47 +VAT)

Dr Huff SERO Pressure Cushion. Sitting in a chair has never been so comfortable thanks to the Sero Pressure Cushions from...

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Sero Cushion Bonyparts

From £26.96 (£22.47 +VAT)

Foam pressure relief cushion with Iscial Tuberosities cut-out relief. Sitting in a chair has never been so comfortable...

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Sero Cushion Coccyx

From £26.96 (£22.47 +VAT)

Foam pressure relief cushion with coccyx relief cut-out with stockinette cover. Sitting in a chair has never been so...

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Sero Cushion Standard

From £25.68 (£21.40 +VAT)

Sitting in a chair has never been so comfortable thanks to the Sero Pressure Cushions from Putnams. Made from Top Grade 50...

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