Who Else Remembers Husband Pillows? I Think It's Time for a Comeback

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If you were alive in the '90s, the term "husband pillow" might be ringing some vague bells in your memory right now. Also known as a TV pillow or boyfriend pillow — not to be confused with the kitschy version of a boyfriend pillow — the husband pillow featured a plush supportive backrest with two "arms" and theoretically simulated the feeling of someone cradling you (in this case, apparently something only a husband could do). It was usually used in bed, on the floor, or in any seat that needed a little extra support while reading or watching TV.


And while I'm not exactly sad to leave the phrase "husband pillow" in the '90s where it belongs, I am a little sad that these aren't as popular as before. They were perfect then for reading, journaling, and lounging, and I predict they'd be even better now for all of us who are working from home. I try to keep up with an at-home desk with ergonomically-approved seating, but sometimes working from the bed or sofa is just what I need right now (call it self-care).

So, I'm calling for a husband pillow comeback for 2020 — who's with me?

Alwyn Home Backrest Pillow, $70.99

Opalhouse Faux Fur Bed Rest Pillow, $18

Ebern Designs Amphora Lorna Backrest Pillow, $32.99

Urban Outfitters Amped Fleece Boo Pillow, $99

Deluxe Comfort Microsuede Bed Rest, $39.95


Katie is a Los Angeles-based writer who covers shopping trends, deals, and product reviews for Hunker. She's written for PureWow, Food Network, and Well+Good. When not online shopping, you can find her collecting vintage glassware or rewatching Nancy Meyers' movies for design inspo.