VertDesk Standing Desk Giveaway

by Brett and Kate McKay on January 11, 2013 · 5,538 comments

in Giveaway


It’s a new year, and that often means new resolutions. It is estimated that half of all Americans make some type of New Year’s Resolution. Can you guess the most popular? You got it — lose weight! Coming in just a few spots behind is to get fit and stay healthy. Unfortunately, only 8% of all resolutions are actually achieved. We’d like to help you out as you start the new year, and the new you, so we are giving away a standing desk from Beyond The Office Door. The benefits of a standing desk — from health to focus (as well as the harms of sitting in a chair all day) — are well documented. Get off your keister and start working like the manly writers and statesmen of old.

The Prize


The VertDesk is an electric adjustable height desk. That’s right, with the simple push of a button, you can move your work station up or down. It’s a 30″ x 36″ model, available with either a cherry or hardrock maple top color (winner gets to choose). The motor can lift up to 200 lbs, and it adjusts from 28″ high to 46.5″.  Plug it in, and watch it smoothly move up and down at about an inch per second. The easy adjustability means you can switch from sitting to standing throughout the day. Click here to watch a video of the VertDesk in action.


This is a $689 value!

How To Enter

Entering is easy: simply tell us what kind of work you’ll be doing on your new standing desk. Writing the great American novel? Sorting through TPS reports?

Please be patient if your comment doesn’t show up right away! We moderate all comments, so your comment will not show up immediately. But it went through….so don’t post multiple comments!

If you’re an email subscriber and want to enter the contest, do not reply to the email to make your entry! You must click on the comment link here in the email and leave a comment under the post to enter.

A winner will be drawn randomly from the entries. The deadline for entry into the giveaway is Jan. 18, 2013. This post will be updated within 72 hours of the deadline with the winner’s name.

Good luck!


One winner was randomly drawn from the comments. And the winner is:

Keith Kuric, from Knox, IN

Congrats Keith!

5501 Rob January 18, 2013 at 5:53 am

Having just finished my PhD., and thus 13 years of post high school education, I would use this desk to take a break from sitting down! I am currently doing a postdoc, for which I sit down all day. When I get home at night, I work on rewriting my dissertation on political philosophy and bioethics. I’m not sure if it will change my discipline forever, although my advisor thinks it will. If I had this desk to finish it, I would thank AoM in the acknowledgements!

5502 Whit Patrick January 18, 2013 at 6:36 am

I would use this desk for drawing up plans for the various projects i work on in my shop as well as for writing.

5503 Vern Vennard January 18, 2013 at 7:10 am

Since I work about 5 jobs, I would NEVER stop using the thing. I would use it to tackle all my daily functions as CMO of an LED lighting company, write reports and research data investigating commercial insurance losses, working on various free lance graphics projects and recording and mixing music in the home studio.

5504 Dennis Ingle January 18, 2013 at 7:12 am

Isn’t a farmer’s tractor his office? Why would he need a desk? Actually, a good farmer devotes a significant amount of time to planning for the next planting season, analyzing last year’s harvest, and marketing the crop. That’s where a good desk becomes a tool as important as the tractor. My shop bench stands at 42″ — my desk should also.

5505 CJ January 18, 2013 at 7:53 am

Upon this desk I am methodically building an empire of commercial real estate assets.

5506 John January 18, 2013 at 8:23 am

I’d totally be spending the hours working in photo post production standing instead of sitting hunche over if I had this amazing desk! What a giveaway!!

5507 Dutch January 18, 2013 at 8:29 am

I work from home two times per week and could absolutely use a stand up desk. I also have a small business that – when done work – I spend hours in the evening working. I’m stuck on conference calls for hours on end sometimes and a stand up desk system would help this 38 year old Dad!

5508 James January 18, 2013 at 8:53 am

I would appreciate a standing desk for working on my novels.

5509 Michael January 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

This desk would be bliss for my wife’s sanity as it could possibly shut me up moaning about my bad back and sciatica whilst I beaver away with my design work at home!

5510 Phil Davis January 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

This would be perfect.

For my wife.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I would love to have this desk for my own use (I’m a designer). However, she works from home about 60% of the time and something like this that’s easy to raise and lower would really help her have a much better experience during that time than a standard office chair/desk combo.

So ultimately, the best way I could see myself using this desk is to make her life better.

5511 David January 18, 2013 at 10:05 am

I will be doing my studies and lesson plans for my teaching for my homeschooled kids and my church class. I sit in front of a computer all day at work, and would love to have a standing desk at home.

5512 Greg January 18, 2013 at 10:18 am

Beautiful desk, I work at home so it would come in super handy.

5513 Chance January 18, 2013 at 10:20 am

I am in 7th grade and am homeschooled. I don’t have a desk. I could really use one to do all my school tasks and to help me stay focused.

5514 Juli January 18, 2013 at 10:28 am

I’m entering this contest for my dear husband who works all day at his desk and always has a sore back as a result. He’s been dreaming about buying one of these desks for a while now. He will be using it at his office doing web design work.

5515 Josh January 18, 2013 at 10:31 am

I’d be finishing up grad school on the desk. :)

5516 Dave Munson January 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

I’m hoping to start a job soon as an urban planner/designer, where I’ll be doing a lot of drawing on the computer. Right now I do freelance urban design, and I could use this desk at home in the meantime.

5517 Craig H. January 18, 2013 at 10:34 am

At my Standing Desk I will be doing the same thing I do every day; trying to take over the world.

5518 DanielH January 18, 2013 at 10:43 am

I will be building a model truck out of wood that I will hew myself.

5519 Clint January 18, 2013 at 10:56 am

Market research!!! Designing surveys, focus groups, ethnographies, etc. I had a standing desk at work, but now that I work from home there’s no “facilities” dept. to adjust my desk.

5520 Jacob January 18, 2013 at 10:57 am

Little bit of everything. Web Design, Graphic Design, Video Editing, Motion Graphics/Animation and reading

5521 Wade January 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

I know it’s the deadline, but I hope I’m not too late! I’ve been really wanting a standing desk to work on studying and writing for my music students. I suppose you could say I would use this desk to plan the music education of dozens of students; compose original music; and work out a new method to effectively and efficiently teach beginning students everything they will need to achieve their musical goals. Also, to read ArtOfManliness articles!

5522 David Fennings January 18, 2013 at 11:09 am

I’ll writing about wild food, foraging and the great outdoors because life is to short to sit down.

5523 Norm January 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

I will be studying for flight school.

5524 John Tomelevage January 18, 2013 at 11:24 am

I would use the desk for editing my aerial videos.

5525 Juana Rose January 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

As an admin, I sit behind a desk all day and go home to sit behind my desk all night. I would replace my desk in an instant if I was able to win this. At home, I could work on my new blog standing or sitting whenever I feel like it.

5526 Michael Buono January 18, 2013 at 11:54 am

Don’t know if I am too late or not, but I would be writing program proposals for work at my desk. I would also be revising and editing my thesis for publication.

5527 Chris Clevenger January 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

The VertDesk will assist me as I blog daily ( and produce the “Biblical Manliness” podcast for The Light Network.

5528 Trevor Buehler January 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

I would use this desk at work to send money to missionaries around the world, and work on our world missions blog. I work for a non-profit, so when I asked for a stand-up desk a few months ago, the idea was scoffed at. This would be a real help to a guy who’s having back problems carrying his 20lb 5 month old around at home too.

5529 Craig Dahle January 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

Since I work quite a bit from home, I will be building lots and lots of online training. . .

5530 Thomas January 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I am going to be moving from a furnished dorm to an apartment for college soon enough and I would love this desk. Going in to engineering I would use it for drafting as well as writing and drawing. And anything else I would want to study.

5531 Bill January 18, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I will use it to grow my side business into my full time business

5532 Ned January 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I will be designing my next mustache for November 2013

5533 Andy January 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I will either use it at work to manage business intelligence for raising pigs (Yay bacon!), or win points with the wife by using it at home.

5534 Justin January 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm

I have an office job and sit all darn day long. I yearn for an option to stand up and do my work. This could be the answer! Thanks.

5535 Eugene Bain January 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Financial Advisor, securing client futures, computer intensive, researching financial data.

To “Sit or to Stand…”
That is the question at hand.
Although, my spine is feeling really quirky,
From years of sitting with poor posture is no poetry!
To win this desk, my body would work as planned…
And I would be a “Stand up Man”!!!

5536 Bobby S January 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I work on my computer almost all day, every day. I will be designing and writing.

5537 Allie January 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I homeschool my four little children, so the abilty to raise a desk and keep messy art projects (and my coffee) away from toddler fingers, or lower a desk as we cook up a science experiment, sounds like a dream come true! (And that’s not even considering all the other jobs in my day….) Thanks for hosting the contest!

5538 W January 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm

writing my dissertation!

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