Lumbar support pillows are designed to provide back support, and as such, are ergonomically designed to follow the curve of the spine. The majority of lumbar support pillows are made from high-density memory foam, usually medium to very firm to ensure adequate support. The molded foam pillows typically have removable covers, often made from breathable materials to keep the pillows from getting too hot.
Most lumbar support pillows are between 2-4 inches thick, depending on the firmness of the foam. Because memory foam conforms to your body, thicker pillows won’t necessarily push your torso forward, but will instead cradle your spine for extra support.
Lumbar Support Pillow Care and Maintenance
Most lumbar support pillows are made from memory foam and include a removable cover. Covers are often made from mesh, cotton, or a polyester blend. If your pillow becomes soiled, or the cover absorbs odors, simply remove the cover and follow the manufacturer’s care instructions for machine-washing.
As they are made from memory foam, the pillow inserts themselves should not hold odors or stains. You might notice a slight chemical smell, known as off-gassing. Typically this odor dissipates within a few days or weeks. If you travel with your lumbar support pillow, use a travel bag to protect it from dirt while not in use. Otherwise, you can leave your pillow in your favorite chair when it’s not in use.
What Else Should You Consider When Buying Lumbar Support Pillows?
- Where do you plan to use your pillow? Some pillows are best for use with office chairs, while others may be more comfortable while traveling or driving.
- What is your typical body temperature? If you have a tendency to run warm, you might find some memory foam pillows too hot after a time. Look for a pillow with a breathable cover or that stays relatively cool to prevent overheating.
- What is the return policy? You might need to try several different pillows before finding the right one. Choose a pillow with a good return policy in case it doesn’t work out.