Homemade Truck Bed Storage

Homemade Truck Bed Storage

Measure, Then Design the Storage System Measure, measure and measure some more. Wasted Spaces host Karl Champley and contractor Matt Hill unload the truck and carefully measure the available space to help plan the storage unit. When measuring a truck bed, car trunk or trailer interior, make sure to measure and make notes on wheel wells, permanent tool boxes, spare tires and any other features that may extend into the storage space. You don’t want to build a great custom unit and have it not fit. The custom truck bed doesn’t just have to fit the truck, it also needs to fit tools and other materials. Lay out all the tools and other items to be stored, and measure bulkier items. Use these measurements when designing the storage unit so everything will have a snug home and items won’t shift dramatically when the truck is in motion. Sketch out a scale drawing of the truck storage unit, based on the measurements for the truck bed and the main items to be stored. Allow extra space to handle new tools and other acquisitions. Build the shell and drawers for the storage unit, as well as wing boxes for additional storage. Assemble some small drawers to handle small items, then paint the entire system.
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Homemade Truck Bed Storage

Measure, measure and measure some more. Wasted Spaces host Karl Champley and contractor Matt Hill unload the truck and carefully measure the available space to help plan the storage unit. When measuring a truck bed, car trunk or trailer interior, make sure to measure and make notes on wheel wells, permanent tool boxes, spare tires and any other features that may extend into the storage space. You don’t want to build a great custom unit and have it not fit. The custom truck bed doesn’t just have to fit the truck, it also needs to fit tools and other materials. Lay out all the tools and other items to be stored, and measure bulkier items. Use these measurements when designing the storage unit so everything will have a snug home and items won’t shift dramatically when the truck is in motion. Sketch out a scale drawing of the truck storage unit, based on the measurements for the truck bed and the main items to be stored. Allow extra space to handle new tools and other acquisitions. Build the shell and drawers for the storage unit, as well as wing boxes for additional storage. Assemble some small drawers to handle small items, then paint the entire system.
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Homemade Truck Bed Storage

Install the Truck Box If the drawers are in the unit, remove them and set then aside before installation. With help from a friend, set the completed box on the tailgate, lift it into the truck and slide it halfway in. Use drywall screws to attach the wing boxes to the main box, and push the entire unit into place. Use galvanized L-brackets to screw the unit to the truck bed. Rub paste wax along the runners on the bottoms of the drawers and slide the drawers into the storage unit (Image 1). Screw small metal brackets to the ends of the vertical dividers so they overlap the drawers slightly. This will keep the drawers from sliding out when the tailgate is down; rotate the brackets out of the way to open the drawers (Image 2). To help weatherproof the drawer unit, cut a wide strip of rubber liner to cover the drawers completely and overlap the top of the unit by about 1 foot. Position the rubber liner and nail it to the unit using roofing nails. Drive a nail about every 6 inches. The liner will keep water and debris off the drawers, but will flip up for easy access. Lay a pre-purchased truck bed liner on top of the box. Choose a liner that covers the entire unit. Note: Make sure the rubber liner is in the “down” position over the drawers before putting the truck bed liner in place. Otherwise, it could be trapped under the purchased liner. Use L-brackets to attach the purchased truck bed liner to the truck.
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Homemade Truck Bed Storage

If the drawers are in the unit, remove them and set then aside before installation. With help from a friend, set the completed box on the tailgate, lift it into the truck and slide it halfway in. Use drywall screws to attach the wing boxes to the main box, and push the entire unit into place. Use galvanized L-brackets to screw the unit to the truck bed. Rub paste wax along the runners on the bottoms of the drawers and slide the drawers into the storage unit (Image 1). Screw small metal brackets to the ends of the vertical dividers so they overlap the drawers slightly. This will keep the drawers from sliding out when the tailgate is down; rotate the brackets out of the way to open the drawers (Image 2). To help weatherproof the drawer unit, cut a wide strip of rubber liner to cover the drawers completely and overlap the top of the unit by about 1 foot. Position the rubber liner and nail it to the unit using roofing nails. Drive a nail about every 6 inches. The liner will keep water and debris off the drawers, but will flip up for easy access. Lay a pre-purchased truck bed liner on top of the box. Choose a liner that covers the entire unit. Note: Make sure the rubber liner is in the “down” position over the drawers before putting the truck bed liner in place. Otherwise, it could be trapped under the purchased liner. Use L-brackets to attach the purchased truck bed liner to the truck.
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Homemade Truck Bed Storage

Tuff Truck Bag The Tuff Truck Bag is a giant waterproof bag that you can stuff full of, well, stuff. It measures 40x50x22 inches and offers 26 cubic feet of storage. The Tuff Truck Bag is made from heavy-duty, non-breathable PVC material and all seams are water-tight sealed using heat fusion and epoxy. The bag has a 40-inch zipper opening, and it rolls up for easy storage. Each bag has heavy-duty metal rings in all four corners in order to easily fasten the bag to any truck bed. Four adjustable bungee cords and a tote bag are included. The Tuff Truck Bag is available on the company’s website in black or khaki for $149.95 at time of print. Info: 877/535-8833, tufftruckbag.com
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Homemade Truck Bed Storage

From a 5 foot compact truck bed to an 8 foot full-size bed, you can build this storage system to accommodate any size. Custom-built shelving with sliding drawers serves as the base, with a sturdy top to cover the entire shelving area (so you retain the use of your truck bed). Add a locking truck box on top of that and you've got yourself a secure and easily accessible storage solution that takes up the least amount of space.
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Homemade Truck Bed Storage

How-To The Big Drawer Issue 189 Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Pinterest Email I know truck-bed extenders are available commercially, but I decided to make my own to demonstrate my carpentry and problem-solving skills to my clients. It seems to have worked. My truck’s Big Drawer never fails to be a great conversation starter. The Big Drawer is made up of two parts: the drawer and the support-roller system. Neither is attached to the truck bed, so it’s not difficult to remove the rig if I need to haul a load of material. The drawer measures 4 ft. by 8 ft. and is raised about 8 in. above the base to allow room for stepladders or folding sawhorses. As shown in the drawing, the drawer rides on casters affixed to 2×4 rails. To prevent the drawer from tipping when it’s extended, I attached a couple of overhead casters on plywood brackets 16 in. from the tailgate. The weight of the drawer, in addition to the tools in it, gives the drawer enough friction to prevent it from sliding out. When fully extended, the drawer is 5 ft. past the truck’s bumper, allowing for easy access to items stored near the cab. Brad Moritz, Charlotte, NC Get home building tips, offers, and expert advice in your inbox Sign Up × X X Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Pinterest Email View 3 comments Become a member today Get instant access to all FineHomebuilding.com content. Start Your Free Trial Subscribe to Fine Homebuilding Save up to 52% off your annual subscription. Subscribe
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Homemade Truck Bed Storage

How-To The Big Drawer Issue 189 Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Pinterest Email I know truck-bed extenders are available commercially, but I decided to make my own to demonstrate my carpentry and problem-solving skills to my clients. It seems to have worked. My truck’s Big Drawer never fails to be a great conversation starter. The Big Drawer is made up of two parts: the drawer and the support-roller system. Neither is attached to the truck bed, so it’s not difficult to remove the rig if I need to haul a load of material. The drawer measures 4 ft. by 8 ft. and is raised about 8 in. above the base to allow room for stepladders or folding sawhorses. As shown in the drawing, the drawer rides on casters affixed to 2×4 rails. To prevent the drawer from tipping when it’s extended, I attached a couple of overhead casters on plywood brackets 16 in. from the tailgate. The weight of the drawer, in addition to the tools in it, gives the drawer enough friction to prevent it from sliding out. When fully extended, the drawer is 5 ft. past the truck’s bumper, allowing for easy access to items stored near the cab. Brad Moritz, Charlotte, NC Get home building tips, offers, and expert advice in your inbox Sign Up × X X Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Pinterest Email View 3 comments