How to Measure Truck Bed for Tool Box

Having an accurate dimension of a truck bed is essential. Because if you are planning to buy a new accessory for the truck bed, or you want to determine the cargo-carrying capacity of your truck. It would be best if you had the correct dimension. Otherwise, you might buy an accessory that is below size or oversize.

This size mismatching can make your new accessory useless, or it can decrease the practical application efficiency of the accessory. For example, if you want to buy a toolbox or a tonneau cover. And the size is not matching the truck dimension. Then you might have to make extra drills to fix it. But even after setting, the adjusted accessory cannot be as efficient as an accessory with perfect size can be.

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Dimensions measuring of the truck bed are also helpful to determine the maximum size of loadable cargo. If the dimensions are not regulated, then it might be challenging to accommodate the over sized cargo. On the other hand, if the dimensions are measured correctly, then you can use the truck more efficiently.

Tools to measure the truck bed:-

  • A notepad
  • A Pen
  • A non-stretchable measuring tape. The one made of metal will be perfect.
  • An assistant
  • A truck

Now let’s learn about truck bed measurement step by step.

Measuring for a Truck Toolbox

Step 1: Measure the length of the truck bed. Before measuring, make sure that the tailgate is closed. And there should not be any cargo loaded in the truck. Now ask the assistant to stretch the measuring tape and hold it after fixing at the bulkhead. Now extend it further beyond tailgate. And note the reading which is recorded on the inner aspect of the tailgate.

Always make sure that the tape is straight. To do this, you can measure near the lateral wall of the truck, and the tape must not be loose

Step 2: Now measure the width in the same manner. Ask the assistant to hold the edge of the tape at the inner edge of the lateral wall. Now you need to go to the opposite wall and note the distance between the lateral wall of the truck bed. Note it down as the width of the truck bed. Now precautions to be taken are the same as taken while length measurement.

One thing is additional that you might have to do in measurement is the distance between wheel wells. Measure the distance between wheel wells, if they are inside the truck bed.

Step 3: Now, you are left with the depth measurement only. Take the measuring tape parallel to the side of the bed. And also make sure that it is straight. It is better to use a non-elastic and non-stretchable tape here. And measure the distance from the top to the bottom of the bed.

Now you have the measurements of your truck bed. If you are going to buy the accessory like toolbox or tonneau cover, truck caps, then change the dimensions accordingly like in the metric system, in feet or inches. The attachment you are looking for might not match perfectly with the truck bed dimensions. In such cases, you can go for the accessory, the dimensions of which are closer to that of the truck bed. Check out the most popular retractable tonneau cover reviews here. 

Measuring your Truck Bed Cover