MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Wood iMac Stand or Shelf From Understands

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Understands to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a high-quality iMac stand or shelf made from wood.

    Understands makes a selection of stands, shelves, and drawers that are designed to accompany the iMac, though there's potential for these to also work with other computer monitors. Each stand is made entirely from salvaged urban wood, with different options like ash, walnut, and cherry available.


    There are many one-of-a-kind stands and shelves available with unique designs, live edges, bark accents, and other features. Prices range from $35 for the smallest shelves to $399 for the largest configuration with multiple drawers, but most are priced around $100 to $150. There are six main configurations, outlined below.


    The Evo, priced at $99 to $129, features an iMac undermount, so it adds storage to the area above your iMac's stand while also raising it to an optimal viewing height. It is available with or without a drawer, and there's space to store the Apple Magic Keyboard underneath it. At the back, there are cutouts for cords, which allow them to be routed into the drawer for storing and charging devices like iPhones and other peripherals.



    Priced at $300, the Planet features a total of three cork-lined drawers for holding accessories and peripherals, with one additional hidden drawer and built-in hand-cut dovetail joinery. The Planet, made from ash harvested sustainably in Illinois, is also an undermount design that fits over the iMac's stand with rear-facing cutouts for managing cables.



    Priced at $99, the single-drawer Aspire also features an undermount to raise the iMac up just a bit to put it at an ideal viewing angle, and built-in cable management lets you charge your devices like iPhones and iPads without messy cables everywhere.



    Made from birch with walnut trim, the Bolt comes in multiple sizes and can hold a single monitor/iMac or multiples. The Bolt stands are 9 inches deep and have customizable height options ranging from three to five inches. Prices range from $49 for a nine-inch single iMac version to $119 for a 42-inch model.



    The Butler is a little shelf that's designed to fit on the back of the iMac where it can hold storage devices and other knick knacks. It's an ideal place to put your SSDs and hard drives because it keeps cables out of the way. There are multiple wood options for the Butler, along with 15 and 20-inch size configurations. The Butler is priced from $59 to $79.


    The Ray

    Priced at $189, the Ray is another iMac stand with an undermount design that raises the iMac up to an ideal viewing height. It features a pen tray, a large cork-lined main drawer big enough to hold an iPad, and space underneath to put the Apple Magic Keyboard. As with other Understands options, there's built-in cable management with felt cable grips so you can hide your cords away.


    For our giveaway, Understands is offering MacRumors readers a chance to win one of four $400 gift cards that can be used to purchase anything on the Understands website.

    To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

    Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

    The contest will run from today (November 9) at 11:45 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:45 a.m. Pacific Time on November 16. The winners will be chosen randomly on November 16 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

    Article Link: MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Wood iMac Stand or Shelf From Understands
  2. 4jasontv macrumors 65816

    Jul 31, 2011
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 601


    Dec 19, 2004
    Some of these go beyond the price of an Ergotron monitor arm. If you need to get your iMac raised. You’d likely be better suited with a vesa stand or better yet monitor arm with a full range of motion.
  4. pweicks macrumors member


    Dec 23, 2016
    Dang. Wish my drawers could stay that organized.
  5. johnparjr macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    I like these giveaways just don’t like the massive amount of emails that I get afterwards
  6. erinsarah macrumors regular

    Mar 17, 2011
    Impressive that some dude was able to start a business based entirely around creative use of plywood scraps. Wish I’d thought of that.
  7. jclo Editor


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2012
    FYI, we don't use your email address for anything other than notifying winners, so if you're getting emails, the giveaways aren't the source.
  8. now i see it macrumors 68020

    Jan 2, 2002
  9. johnparjr macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2005
    Interesting since one of them said it was because I signed up for the macrumors giveaway
  10. ignatius345 macrumors 68000

    Aug 20, 2015
    I have a strong feeling that IKEA sells some organizer thing or other, for like a quarter the price, that one could use for the same purpose.
  11. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    Boxers or briefs :) ?

    The stand looks great and it's nice to have a non-iPhone accessary give away.
  12. djgamble macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2006
    I'm no carpenter but I reckon I could bang one together in about 15-20 minutes. Would probably look better too because it looks kinda odd (IMO) how this model hides the base of the iMac under the wood.

    Also... I could select a better wood than chipboard for a 'premium' product. Just saying!
  13. groove-agent macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2006
    Wood with an iMac looks completely anachronistic. Those shelves look completely out of place IMO.

  14. Scooz macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2012
  15. KPandian1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2013
    What a junk lineup of unnecessary products! Regular tables already exist; accessaries included.
  16. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    The Bolt is very similar to what I custom-ordered for my studio, just with more space for rack instruments underneath. A truly optimal solution.
  17. Ragnar51 macrumors member


    Jun 5, 2013
    Milford CT USA
    Those are really nice. It makes me want to consider scrapping my current setup which includes the hutch top desk from hell and just start over. ;)
  18. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    I have the same kind of hutch top desk from hell. I can’t scrap it though, because instead of going on a honeymoon, my husband and I bought that thing and put it together after our wedding. We had very little money and even less time off from work, so that’s how we spent both instead of going on some trip. He put it together with some pieces backwards and some upside down and I laughed so hard he wouldn’t speak to me for hours. What a way to start our marriage! :p

    I did try replacing that desk over the years, but the replacements ended up aggravating me worse some way or another. :eek: After a recent remodel of my home office, I went back to the crazy hutch top desk and have decided it stays til death do we part. It’s made of particleboard and laminate, so I do have to glue and tape it back together from time to time. :oops:

    It is a perfect memento of our marriage!:p :D
  19. ThunderSkunk macrumors 68030


    Dec 31, 2007
    Colorado & Ontario
    Doesnt matter what it is or does or how it does it. Internet People don't even have to consider it to know they hate it and could do it better themselves, if only they had some tools and some materials and some time and energy and weren't so busy opining on the internet.
  20. KPandian1, Nov 10, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2018

    KPandian1 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 22, 2013

    Love your adventure with compressed wood dust furniture - IKEA's forte! I had a similar desk with hutch (Saunder) in the early 90's, new to furniture buying. We put it together, it was fine then had to move - snap! Put it back together just like you described, but knew we were going to move many more times (apartments) before settling down!:eek: Found a friend who was settling in a big home, donated it and warned them not to move it around. 23 years later, it is frozen in place and doing its job very well.

    Never bought furniture that is not solid wood or plywood since. Scared me off of IKEA forever after I found out their basic "wood".

    iMac already sits high and needs no stand - "stands" that provide under-monitor storage are okay but not at these prices.

    Prefer steel mesh desktop storage units, convenient and color schemed.
  21. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    Sauder is actually one of the better brands, from what I’ve seen. Our entertainment center bought at the same time as the hutch desk from Hell is a Sauder and still going strong with no damage after being moved through 4 different homes. The desk is a Bush or Busch, if I remember correctly. I have some IKEA furniture and it’s horrible. But the all-wood IKEA shelves are okay.

    We started out so broke and worked so many hours, there was no time to shop at flea markets for cheap but real wood furniture. We went for the cheapest stuff we could fling to the cashier on a day off and figured we would replace it all with nice things someday.

    Years passed and we became parents and decided we would replace the cheap stuff when kids were no longer crashing their trikes into it. We got rescue animals, too, and the idea of new furniture seemed even more like folly.

    By the time we reached a point in life we could afford the really good stuff, we realized it would be time to downsize in just a few years. Doh!

    Plus we have now found years of memories invested in this “crap stuff” that somehow managed to survive and even flourish way past all expectations.

    Instead, we’ve helped cousins and nieces and nephews and their kids get a slightly more fancy start at married life than we did. Just slightly. They’re running into the same issue we did with toddlers and dogs making them want to delay purchasing much of anything too fancy.
  22. PhilMacbook macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2018
    Wow $300 for something that looks like a hobbyist made in their first month of woodwork classes. Making it out of wood doesn't appeal but if it did I'd pay about $30 for that. If they can find people to pay $300 then great for them.
  23. jazz1 macrumors 65816


    Aug 19, 2002
    Mid-West USA
    Wow. Very nice. Great idea.
  24. ZipZap, Nov 11, 2018 at 5:14 AM
    Last edited: Nov 11, 2018 at 5:22 AM

    ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
  25. saudade macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2015
    Ikea pays very low wages 2 employees. This guy makes sustentable products

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