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?

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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!

5101 Jan January 15, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Simple. I’m broke, living at “home” again (that wasn’t the plan before everything & I crashed), and now pushing myself to create a new living opportunity pursuing imaginative directions such as research & writing, mobile app development, and exploring visual design & creative product concepts I’m able to consult about. This desk is also an ideal practical solution towards addressing several issues at once, such as improving my current sloppy “sitting” position to a focused standing one, being able to use both my laptop and tablet to draw/design, use paper to sketch ideas, compose music using a keyboard, have lunch, and more importantly as positive encouragement to “get off my ass and pursue a dream”, starting with making the most of this great product. Thanks.

5102 Narin January 15, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I will finally have a place to study my engineering manuals for class.

5103 Bob Baker January 15, 2013 at 10:33 pm

I’ll use it to live longer by not sitting down at my job all live long day. They say sitting too much shortens one’s life.

5104 Randall January 15, 2013 at 10:51 pm

I recently left a career as a chef in the Bay Area to return to my hometown in the hopes of a more affordable future for, what we hoped would be, our new family. Then, this fall my wife and I were told that, after trying for several years, we would be unable to naturally have children. The news was devastating. After processing our change in future plans I decided to return to college. With job prospects slim and extra time in my mid-term plan given the news of infertility it seemed like a prudent choice. I am already finding the sedentary-ness a definite adjustment. Being accustomed to working on my feet for long hours at a time a standing desk looks like the perfect addition to ease the antsy body. I am also a huge fan of its slender profile given that my current L-shaped monstrosity must go. We are rearranging our apartment this Spring to make way for a miracle! Two months after my wife and I received news of our medical hurdle she found out she was naturally pregnant! Our new doctor did not seemed surprised, that is, until we discovered it is twins!!! I would use the desk to pursue my education with at least one infant strapped in a Moby on my chest!

5105 Carl January 15, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I will be working on projects to keep factories and chemical plants from going BOOM.

5106 Colleen Boudreau January 15, 2013 at 11:01 pm


5107 Seaton Prince January 15, 2013 at 11:05 pm

I would use this great looking desk to replace the cheap Ikea stand-up desk that I currently use to run the MLS for the Park City Board of REALTORS. I have been standing for two years now and heartily endorse the practice.

5108 Brett McQueen January 15, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I will use my vertdesk for programming and recording music (I teach people how play the ukulele online).

5109 Philip L January 15, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I’d use it to work on reports for the various organizations I’m involved with.

I’d also probably eat off of it now and again!

5110 Alex January 15, 2013 at 11:29 pm

I would love to be able to use that after I get home from school. I commute so after sitting on the bus for long periods of time this would be perfect to do homework on.

5111 Jerry January 15, 2013 at 11:37 pm

Just moved into my new apartment and have been waiting to set up a workstation. Looking forward to use it for doing a bunch of electronic testing and other electrical engineering side projects. You know… Fun stuff

5112 Brad W. January 15, 2013 at 11:39 pm

I would use the standing desk to conduct science by means of running computer simulations, analyzing data, and writing.

5113 Sarah Camp January 15, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Primarily I shall use it as I take care of business: volunteer work for a camping organization, take-home work, business planning & prepping, etc., but it will also see some fun: planning travels and other adventures, smaller home projects, some drawing & journaling, and of course…playing with the sweet up & down switch! Oh the things I could move up and down! (And that’s not even factoring in that I have dreamt of owning a desk like this for YEARS.)

5114 Rob January 15, 2013 at 11:53 pm

That very much depends on the time of day. I’m an electrical engineering student who works overnights 40 hours a week to stay afloat. I currently have no place to complete my homework, as my flimsy desk barely has enough room for my mouse, keyboard and monitor.

So what would I do on it? Most likely homework, and lots of it. I spend almost every waking moment studying or doing homework. In whatever spare time I have that I’m not tired in, I teach myself web design, CSS/HTML/PHP/Java/C/Ruby on Rails. So yeah, the desk would see a lot of work.

5115 John Blake January 15, 2013 at 11:54 pm

I work from home and go into an office occasionally. I head up a media department for a ministry.
I also build websites and do graphic design from home.
My wife and I also homeschool our 3 children.
I have already gotten rid of my desk and I am using a dresser so that I make myself stand at the computer to work. This would be awesome because I could make it the right height.

5116 Eric C January 16, 2013 at 12:01 am

The VertDesk will become my dedicated art-creation platform for all my illustration and sketching needs. Would also be nice to have as an all around flat surface for any other needs.

5117 Logan January 16, 2013 at 12:20 am

I will be drawing for my concept art portfolio.

5118 Matt Beard January 16, 2013 at 12:24 am

I’ll be preparing for sermons and studying for my seminary classes.

5119 Steven D January 16, 2013 at 12:26 am

I will design a spacecraft that will travel to the stars using textbooks and some good old fashioned ingenuity.

5120 Andrew L. January 16, 2013 at 12:35 am

I would use it to slowly grow my Etsy shop, write my children’s book, edit a few stories, and probably model a few product designs I have sketched. All in all, follow through and finish my many projects. Probably play cribbage or something with it to be honest.

5121 Carlo Pascua January 16, 2013 at 12:36 am

I plan to start a manly company with that desk. I would only make key decisions there, so I would have the rest of my space for other things. Then I would require all my staff to own that desk. Then when people ask for my secret to success, good health, hot babes, I will gladly thank vert desk.

5122 iNNeRKaoS January 16, 2013 at 12:57 am

I recently quit my job to attempt to start a business of my own. I’d probably end up using the desk as a work bench so that I wouldn’t have to kill my back.

5123 Jim January 16, 2013 at 1:03 am

I’ll quell the spread of infectious disease in Kenya with the help of epidemiological statistics.

5124 Brandon Wright January 16, 2013 at 1:36 am

I’ll be doing website and application development on the loft that will be my new workspace when my new baby takes over my office.

5125 Javier Valdes January 16, 2013 at 2:57 am

I am an architecture major and have been needing something like this. I have a small apartment and need something for my sketching and drawings that I need to work on but I also need a desk for my computer. Unfortunately I can’t fit two desks in my little room. This would be absolutely perfect. Have it lowered when on my computer. Have it raised when I need to draw.

5126 Jim F January 16, 2013 at 3:05 am

While I’d absolutely love the desk for myself, I would set everything up for my wife. She’s a freelance science writer (when she’s not taking care of our toddler son), and right now, she puts a couple of small boxes between her desk and her laptop to get some work done on her feet. As we all know, part of being a man is looking out for your family.

5127 Dimo January 16, 2013 at 3:52 am

I won’t be doing any work on it but my better half will look forward to doing more coding and programming on it all day and all night long.

5128 Josh D January 16, 2013 at 3:55 am

I am a video game artist and a closet draftsman . Both these tasks require lots of siting. I’ve spent countless hours sitting on my butt, with my wallet attached. spending my working life with my butt cheek deformed by my wallet. Working on a stand up desk would literally work my butt back into shape.

5129 Terrie January 16, 2013 at 4:47 am

I will edit photos and write, both of which are things I love to do for hours, and would love doing even more if I could stand for much of the time.

5130 Dagolizard January 16, 2013 at 4:50 am

This beautiful desk will see a variety of uses. Everything from the mundane of paying the bills to some rudimentary leather work. Along with helping my sons with their pinewood derby cars, rain gutter regata boats, occasional board games and watching movies on my ipad.

By the way, thank you for a wonderful web site.

5131 Punit Dave January 16, 2013 at 5:07 am

I will do calligraphy, drawing most amazing flowers, imaginable objects, symmetry, work on mathematical formulas, draw new chemistry equation, read books, reference writing, motivational writings, while standing against this table. The Table will be center of my being during my waking life and I will be dreaming doing extraordinary things to make this world a better place using this table.

5132 Craig January 16, 2013 at 5:37 am

I draw and write on an art table that is too short to be a standing desk and too tall to be a sitting one. This is perfect for drawing, but not so for writing. I would use this desk for writing and my drawing table for drawing.
So, why IS a raven like a writing desk???

5133 Josh January 16, 2013 at 5:51 am

I will be cranking through my last semester in law school, writing legal briefs and memos.

5134 reagan January 16, 2013 at 6:17 am

I’ll use it when I go back to college. It’ll come in handy when I need to study.

5135 Kevin Dugan January 16, 2013 at 6:58 am

I’d be using this for coding and app development. These are typically very chair-intensive activities, so a standing desk would be a great improvement.

5136 Justin T. Norris January 16, 2013 at 7:06 am

I will use it to finish my business plan to build a state of the art commercial size Hydroponic Farm to aid in the fight against world hunger. Most importantly, having the ability to raise & lower my TV dinners and brewskis directly to my face, while watching Duck Dynasty. Boom

5137 Mark January 16, 2013 at 7:07 am

If there’s one thing I can’t Stand, is having to sit all day at work! Like a lot of people, I work at a desk 8-10 hrs a day. My back & legs get numb & stiff and I’d love to be able to stand when needed. I’m a Stand-up kind of guy!

5138 Jan January 16, 2013 at 7:14 am

I will be studying German.. a lot of German.. while improving my posture

5139 Ed January 16, 2013 at 7:33 am

Working on my side hustle, and other manly projects!

5140 Matt Brennan January 16, 2013 at 7:40 am

Writing an enormous amount of code.

5141 David Stratton January 16, 2013 at 7:42 am

Lots of reading and writing.

5142 Jimmy January 16, 2013 at 7:43 am

I am an offline video editor. My job is to take images and fashion them into scenes, and scenes into television shows and films. Hopefully, these turn out to be engaging, emotional and entertaining.

The great american editor Walter Murch is a huge inspiration for me. He’s the guy who cut “Apocalypse Now”. He also edits standing up.

I’ve taken a liking to working standing up at my current desk, tilting back my screens and raising my keyboard on a dictionary. But now it’s time to get really professional and use a desk that I can adapt to work seated and on my feet.

Thank you to the fine men and women at Art of Manliness. You’re my web-discovery of 2012! Long life to you!

5143 Chris January 16, 2013 at 7:44 am

If I win this desk, I’ll be using to: 1. write the plans for upcoming Boy Scout program events (I’m a scoutmaster of a Boy Scout Troop) 2. write letters to my representatives in Congress (most need a good civics lesson).

5144 Garrett January 16, 2013 at 7:51 am

I’d love to win this desk and use it either at work where I am a biomedical engineer or at home for some side projects I’ve been wanting to tackle.

5145 Mitch C January 16, 2013 at 7:59 am

I am starting a new career working 12 hour days. I would love to stand for at least 6 of those!

5146 Teddie January 16, 2013 at 8:01 am

This desk is exactly what I need. Sitting at a desk is challenging due to nerve damage in my spine. Being able to sit and stand as needed would be a lifesaver. I would be much more productive while working (drafting and editing content) and would have an improved quality of life.

5147 Brad Sayles January 16, 2013 at 8:08 am

Adding years to my life while still practicing law.

5148 Matt January 16, 2013 at 8:10 am

I would use desk at home to work on furniture design projects. My wife laughs at me when I am designing something because I pace…I walk to a table and jot something down or sketch and then continue pacing. This would be perfect for me!

5149 Ben January 16, 2013 at 8:10 am

First, I will plan on the desk. Then, procrastinate. Finally, I will clean the desk off and start planning for 2014.

I hope to exceed these expectations.

5150 Quin Lemieux January 16, 2013 at 8:19 am

I will be doing my college homework

5151 Brandon Medley January 16, 2013 at 8:22 am

I am typing this from my makeshift standing desk in my elementary special education classroom. Just before Christmas, I was spending hours on a very important mound of paperwork. Sitting at the desk so long was killing my back so in a instant I moved a stack of books to my desk and set my computer and keyboard on them. It works, barely. Standing has been much better, but there are still times I need to sit at the desk so this would be great. It would conveniently offer the best of both for me and my students.

5152 Gerald Verno January 16, 2013 at 8:25 am

I would be using a standing desk to accomplish two things. First is to meet my health goals this year. I am walking more and trying to sit less. I had some health issues last year I am working to over come. Secondly, I would use it to help re-launch my department. I work for a transit agency and I am working to revamp my department to be more efficient. A standing desk would help keep me focused and active in my pursuit!!

5153 Zachary Walsh January 16, 2013 at 8:27 am

I’ll be using my standing desk to finish writing my novel (halfway there!), and to do countless hours of homework for the Accelerated Learning program I’m in at my community college (an Associate’s degree in one year–halfway there!).

Cherry, 100%.

5154 Matt Patton January 16, 2013 at 8:37 am

I’m a young high school History/Special Ed teacher. The school district supplies teachers with desks and chairs, but with the amount of time spent in it grading papers, entering grades, emailing, etc I can already feel my posture, and the associated back pain, getting worse. This standing desk would completely replace my standard one. Who knows, maybe I’ll even start a trend in the school.

5155 Joe January 16, 2013 at 8:47 am

I’ll be writing weekly training plans as I get ready to re-enter competitive rowing this fall.

5156 Jared January 16, 2013 at 8:52 am

I would use the desk for writing short stories.

5157 Jenna White January 16, 2013 at 8:53 am

I currently divide my time between coordinating communications for a Houston-based nonprofit (Recipe for Success Foundation) that strives to offset childhood obesity by teaching kids how to cook and garden and providing career coaching to underserved college students from inner-city New York as part of an educational scholars program (Sponsors for Educational Opportunity). Thus, I will be tweeting, blogging, writing press releases, reviewing resumes and cover letters, conducting mock interviews… and on. I love what I do, but hate being tethered to a desk. Pick me, pick me! =)

5158 Joshua White January 16, 2013 at 8:57 am

I am a neuroscience graduate student and thus would be looking at origins of motor disorders in the brain.

5159 Ben C January 16, 2013 at 8:59 am

I’ll write more screenplays and plays.

5160 Barret January 16, 2013 at 9:06 am

I work from home as a video game designer. So I will be doing all sorts of work on my new desk. Writing about and drawing sketches for new game ideas, programming concepts for new games, creating awesome levels for games. Oh and playing games too!


5161 David Pincus January 16, 2013 at 9:10 am

I often leave work to be at home with my kids before bedtime, but then have to continue working from home later. It’d be great if I had a convenient place where I could stand, both for the short-term energy boost and the long-term health benefits.

5162 Gabriel January 16, 2013 at 9:15 am

To draft factums and pleadings.

5163 Jason M January 16, 2013 at 9:17 am

My wife and I just recently got married and have been working towards establishing a “command center” of sorts in our apartment to track and keep actions items, calendars, and reference material. This would be a perfect addition!

5164 Kosta January 16, 2013 at 9:32 am

I’d spend my time out of work focusing on math problems and on my laptop browsing the web and this site more.

5165 David January 16, 2013 at 9:32 am

I work with children that have mental and emotional disabilities all around greater AZ, in charge of their transportation, schooling, care taking , etc. I sit on average 12 to 16 hours a day 5 to 6 days a week sorting through insurance paperwork, mapping routes and other stuff. Standing would help me in so many ways I probably couldn’t name them all. Either way good luck to everyone

5166 Chris January 16, 2013 at 9:32 am

Designing craft projects and drawing up football plays for my team

5167 Tom January 16, 2013 at 9:37 am

For me this desk would be a excellent tool to help with my passion’s sketching and working on computers.

5168 Deepak Cherian January 16, 2013 at 9:39 am

I will be studying the physical impact of eddies (hurricanes in the ocean) when they are near the New England Coast (the shelf break which is a steep cliff – water depth goes from 100m to 3km). We care because this probably has large impact on biological communities (fish / plankton) just as hurricanes have a large impact on us humans. Mostly, I’ll be writing code, running ocean models and generating cool videos like this one:

5169 Tim Summerer January 16, 2013 at 9:50 am

I work at a manufacturing company. My boss and I have played with different standing desk concepts – for a while he had his desk raised up on paint cans. He’d be jealous if I won this!

5170 Claus January 16, 2013 at 9:57 am

I vow to get my feet off the desk and on the floor. Use the desk for great new ideas all while I getting my back stronger and healthier. Happy 2013!!

5171 Keith E January 16, 2013 at 9:59 am

I’m a work at home programmer that needs to be more active. I’d use this to work program during the days and would end up putting a treadmill under it also.

5172 sessy January 16, 2013 at 10:06 am

i work in policy and advocacy on behalf of young children. While i am out and about a lot – I find myself increasingly stuck behind a desk reading research, responding to emails, tracking policy and planning. I need the ‘up and down’ of the vertdesk!

5173 Wolfger January 16, 2013 at 10:06 am

Well, I won’t be taking this desk to work at all, so mostly the type of “work” I’ll be doing on it is reading AoM, checking e-mail and Facebook, playing video games, etc. When I’m ready to start my own business, I’m sure I’ll be using this beauty for all my bookkeeping and supply ordering needs as well.

5174 Eric Wright January 16, 2013 at 10:08 am

Drafting monotonous pleadings and motions.

5175 Ben Ezzell January 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

Practicing law, the good kind, not the sleezy kind. Also doing screen printing design. It would be so much easier to use my cheap wacom tablet on a standing desk.

5176 Luke January 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

I will be designing furniture from reclaimed wood, and working on graphic and sustainable architectural projects.

Love the desk and you guys.

5177 Steve Heitland January 16, 2013 at 10:11 am

I’ve been working on my first book and this desk would be a great help. Your timing is perfect.

5178 Cormac Relf January 16, 2013 at 10:22 am

I am a final year high school student, programmer, writer, debater and photographer. Such a splendid standing desk would be flexible enough to serve as a platform for all these aspects of my life.

5179 Joe January 16, 2013 at 10:24 am

Wow. After reading an article on the website about the health benefits from standing and working, I have rigged a makeshift standing desk in my office. It is not real sturdy, but it does the job. I am a detective on a midwestern police department. I will be using this desk to solve many crimes. I work anything from a theft to murder, so it is hard to tell how many crimes will be solved from this desk, how many interviews will be conducted across this desk, or the countless number of lives that could be changed for the better, all because of me using this desk. I would have less lower back pain and would be able to keep the 40 pounds off that I was able to burn this past summer, therefore, I would be able to better serve and protect the citizens of my baliwick. Oh the possibilities!

5180 Lou January 16, 2013 at 10:29 am

I have destroyed my posture and hurt my health by sitting all day. I will take this desk, work from it, and rebuild my health with it.

5181 Joshua Smith January 16, 2013 at 10:34 am

I’d use the desk to work on screenplay drafts as I try to get back into writing as a hobby and it would second as a game table for PnP, cards, and ridiculously expensive boardgames like Arkham Horror!

5182 Caleb Allison January 16, 2013 at 10:34 am

Since I was in the second grade, my room has been my office. I write stories, plays, screenplays, etc. I’m currently in school to be a screenwriter and director. I also study the Word of God daily, and would use this desk for those times as well. I find that I can focus longer and typically do better work when I’m standing.

5183 Mike Lutzke January 16, 2013 at 10:42 am

I work at a public University managing federal grants(medical research). I am sitting for about 7 out of 8 work hours each day and the University does not have the extra money to buy us a standing desk unless you require one due to medical reasons. This desk would be an awesome change to work environment/health!

5184 Todd Hanner January 16, 2013 at 10:44 am

I will be analyzing my territory and getting people to sign that line!

5185 Josh MacEachern January 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

As much as I would love to own a desk like this (I am a senior in college and spend 90% of my day sitting in class or at work), I am entering this contest for my mother. She has run her own real estate business for the past 6 years, and spending most of her days sitting at a desk writing reports has certainly taken it’s toll on her health. I’ve been singing the praises of standing desks to her for years, and this looks like a great desks!

5186 Alex January 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

I am a family practice health care provider. Fitness, health, and looking the part are important in my work.

How many times have you seen a chubby doc counsel patients about losing weight, exercising more, dieting, etc?
It’s ineffective – at best – and ridiculous in most cases. In order to “walk my talk”, I train, eat to be lean, stay humble, and do what needs to be done. Standing up to work helps me to avoid back pain, postural issues, and to keep that metabolism going. I would use this desk to practice medicine, write reports, and record notes in charts.

Whether you want to be or not – you are somebody’s role model.

5187 Brian January 16, 2013 at 10:52 am

I’ll be doing a job search and will keep working on my murder mystery.

5188 William Berry January 16, 2013 at 10:57 am

I just started School here in Louisville, and I actually don’t have a desk right now. So if I were to obtain said desk, I would use it to complete my undergrad/masters in marketing, and possibly come up with the next big idea.

5189 Eric January 16, 2013 at 11:01 am

I will use it to complete communications work at my company!

5190 Josh S January 16, 2013 at 11:11 am

I will engineer water recycling processes.

5191 Andrew Morrison January 16, 2013 at 11:18 am

I will use this desk to work on my first comic book; a long time coming. It will also serve as a place to sketch and play boardgames with my wife & friends.

5192 Kyle H January 16, 2013 at 11:19 am

I have one of these at my work and love it…to have one at home to work on personal business would be awesome! Standing to work on things can really keep you engaged…It’s hard to nod off while on your feet.

5193 Stephen January 16, 2013 at 11:21 am

I tried a makeshift standing desk a while back but it wasn’t adjustable. This version looks much better! I’d love to write my articles on it.

5194 corey allen January 16, 2013 at 11:23 am

Most of the time this will be used to hold my laptop at work while I watch youtube videos and browse artofmanliness..

5195 Mason January 16, 2013 at 11:26 am

I’ll be writing and studying on this bad boy – and upping my quality of life with better posture.

5196 Paul D. January 16, 2013 at 11:29 am

As a graphic designer, I will use this desk while creating new advertising and to help my posture/back at the same time.

5197 Beau Cox January 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

I work as a dispatcher for a trucking company. Many long days I have spent hunched over a computer at an old and worn out desk while my spine curves and my abs surrender to the all consuming love handles. Help me…you’re my only hope.

5198 Jeremy Moore January 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

Applying to medical school next year.

5199 Bill D January 16, 2013 at 11:46 am

I work from home once a week, on a computer all day, with my butt in a chair. So this would at least get my butt OUT of the chair…

5200 Shaun M January 16, 2013 at 11:49 am

I would use the desk for writing a book that I have been thinking about the past few months. It is a worldview booklet which looks at the common worldviews of today and shows their similarities and differences. The focus would be on showing the beauty of the biblical worldview. Outline being- 1. The Beauty of Creation, 2. The Beauty of Man, 3. The Beauty of Redemption, 4. The Beauty of the End. This booklet would be for all people, but ultimately I would like to market it first to colleges around the nation. I see a decline in understanding the bigger picture in students today, and I would like to show that there is meaning and purpose for each person in the world.

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