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I have a recliner at home that isn't the most comfortable chair I've ever sat in. That chair could use some help in a few areas, one of which is decent neck support. I have been using my mom's old technique of rolling a hand towel and sticking it between my neck and the chair, but of course, this only works as long as your head is at rest. Sit up, the towel falls.

And unravels, a lot of the time.

Now I am having the same issue with my new chair at work. A lot of "office chairs" have a built-in cushion that is situated for someone who is not me. It always hits me in the back of the head, or is just above my head. So I skip those chairs for chairs that don't have a high back (this one comes up to the back of my neck). Yet I still need something to cushion my neck.

I was thinking one of those neck support pillows that is attached to the back of the chair and hangs over the chair at neck level would be great. But I have Googled "head pillow" "neck cushion" "overhanging chair pillow" and a dozen other synonym variations, and the best I can get are those god-awful travel pillows that curve around your neck (and are almost always too big for me, not to mention too hot).

Yahoo search also doesn't seem to know what I mean. Do those things have a name?

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cactuswatcher
Jan. 15th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
What you're looking for is probably buried in some of those searches you've already tried. I think the correct term is neck rest, but that gets the exact same results. It's a problem I have with the Internet. In a store you can always look around in the same area when they've lead you to not quite the right place. On Internet searches if you don't want the most common thing you're stuck, because you never know which link will lead you to the right place when so many are dead ends.
masqthephlsphr
Jan. 15th, 2013 05:31 pm (UTC)
I got six pages of results back from the Google search, and none of them were the right thing. I ran out of pages. So I'm looking for better search terms.
atpolittlebit
Jan. 16th, 2013 05:08 am (UTC)
Have you considered just strapping a lumbar roll ( http://www.optp.com/Lumbar-Rolls/McKenzie-Method.aspx for examples) at the height you need it for your neck?
masqthephlsphr
Jan. 16th, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
I thought of constructing one, too, but thought I'd look first and see what was available. Truth is, if I did find something commercial, it'd probably be too thick for my needs. Even a decent hand towel rolled up is a bit too thick for my measurements. Right now, I'm using a half-deflated neck pillow (the kind shaped like a 'U'), lying it flat against my recliner back (this is at home, where the bulge at the top of my recliner hits me square in the back of the head).

At work, I could probably use something a little thicker that could nestle up against near-top of the chair back. It would need to be well-secured, as in that position, it'd be likely to topple often.
atpo_onm
Jan. 16th, 2013 05:55 am (UTC)
I did a few searches with similar terms and got much the same results as you did. At this point, me being me, I'd make one up myself, that is, a simple rig that would support the cushion (or rolled up towel) by slipping over the back of the chair.

You state that your chair comes up to just below the back or your neck, right? This shouldn't be too hard to do. If you don't get any better results in finding something already buyable, e-mail and let me know, I could probably make you one. I'd need some dimensions of the chair, and exactly where the top of it is in relation to your neck.
masqthephlsphr
Jan. 16th, 2013 02:57 pm (UTC)
I thought of constructing one, too, but thought I'd look first and see what was available. Truth is, if I did find something commercial, it'd probably be too thick for my needs. Even a decent hand towel rolled up is a bit too thick for my measurements. Right now, I'm using a half-deflated neck pillow (the kind shaped like a 'U'), lying it flat against my recliner back (this is at home, where the bulge at the top of my recliner hits me square in the back of the head).

At work, I could probably use something a little thicker that could nestle up against near-top of the chair back. It would need to be well-secured, as in that position, it'd be likely to topple often.
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