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Alera Etros Series Petite Mesh Office Chair Review

Alera Etros Petite Mid-Back Multifunction Mesh Chair

By In Under $200 On April 23, 2016

Are you tired of swimming in office chairs that were made to fit a six-foot tall, wide-built man? I know I am. I may not be the shortest person in most rooms, but I am certainly not the widest. I was built with narrow hips and narrow shoulders. When I try to fit into a regular-sized office chair my arms have to reach far away from my body for my elbows to reach the arm rests. The contoured seats of many of these chairs claim to offer comfort by providing even weight distribution. Unfortunately, when I try to fit in these chairs, I find that my rear end simply does not fit the mold.

I am excited about the Alera Etros Petite Mesh Chair, because it is made for people like me – people who cannot comfortably fit into regular office chairs. Alera did not miss a beat when it came to figuring out how to allow users to customize their chair to fit their small frames. Also, they did not sacrifice other ergonomic features to allow for this customization.

Fits Your Small Frame

What is different about this chair which allows you to adjust it to fit your frame better than most comparable chairs? It adjusts not only in height, but also in width and in depth. Like most comparable mid-priced office chairs, the Alera Petite Chair allows the user to adjust the back angle, back height, arm rest height, and seat tilt. Unlike most comparable chairs, the Alera Petite Chair allows you to move your arm rest in and out, as well as up and down. Sliding the arm rests closer to your body means that you have, essentially, reduced the width of the chair. No longer will you to need to sit in discomfort as you reach your elbows away from your body.

People with short legs often experience difficulties finding a comfortable chair which will allow them to sit properly with their back against the back rest and their feet flat on the floor. Although many chairs are adjustable in height, they do not allow the user to change the depth of the seat. People with short femurs (thighs) may not be able to cover that large expanse of space. They find themselves having to choose between being able to bend their legs around the front of the chair or being able to sit with their backs against the back rest. The Alera Petite Chair, on the other hand, allows the user to shorten the length of the seat. Like many other chairs, you can lift the height of the back rest. Unlike many other chairs, you can lift the height of the back rest high enough to fit the seat itself underneath. The seat is then able to slide backwards and tuck neatly underneath the back rest. This shortens the depth of the seat by nearly four inches.

Other Features

The Alera Etros Series Petite is not only about fitting to small frames; it is also about ergonomic support. The chair has lumbar support built into its frame and a forgiving mesh back which is designed to offer support while accommodating the differences in people’s backs. The hard foam seat is not as forgiving; it was purposely built firm to encourage spinal alignment and reduce pressure on the lower back.

This chair also features standard plastic wheels and can swivel 360 degrees, allowing you to easily make your way around a small space.


Overall, this chair is a wonderful find for people of small stature. Its three-way adjustability (height, width, depth) makes this chair highly customizable. It can fit almost anyone of almost any size. It is designed to meet the needs of people with narrow hips, narrow shoulders, and short legs – but not only those people. It also fits the needs of people with narrow hips, narrow shoulders, and long legs. Or wide hips, wide shoulders, and short legs. The only downsides I found for this chair during my research were that it does not come in a high-back option (not head rest) and that it must be self-assembled. Also, it may not be the most aesthetically appealing chair. Some people may be turned off by its appearance. That being said, if you have a small frame, you may want to sacrifice fashion for comfort. Adjustable petite chairs are hard find.

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