How to Measure Your Truck Bed
How to Measure Your Truck Bed
The truck bed of a pickup truck makes for a one-of-a-kind vehicle, allowing for unmatched versatility. Whether you seek to help your friend out during a move or store tools when you go camping on weekends, a pickup truck bed is useful for aiding with all sorts of situations.
Prior to planning your weekend campout or buying a new sectional from Costco, it’s important to measure your truck bed and understand its cargo capacity. Some truck accessories require specific sizing to be properly installed, including bed rails, truck bed covers and tool boxes. You don’t want to order an expensive tonneau cover, only to find out that it doesn’t fit your particular truck bed length.
If you’re looking to utilize your pickup truck to its maximum potential, we’ve compiled a clear and simple step-by-step guide on how to measure a truck bed.
Learn more on properly measuring your truck bed below.
Step 1: Measure Truck Bed Width
The width of a truck bed is determined by the distance between the inside of the side-wall to the other inside side-wall of the truck bed. Measuring your bed’s width is important if you want to haul wide items or purchase a crossover tool box.
Start by grabbing a measuring tape that extends beyond 10 feet. Position the tape measure so it fits in between each side-wall, then record the number of inches shown. You should always make sure that the tape measure is straight and balanced, not bent.
As an extra precaution, or if you are unsure, measure twice.
Step 2: Measure Truck Bed Length
Now, it’s time to measure your bed’s length. The length of a truck bed is determined by the distance between the inside of the bulkhead and the inside of your tailgate.
Have your tape measure on hand and make sure your tailgate is up. Then, position the tape measure so that it fits in between the inside of the bulkhead and the inside of your tailgate. Record the number of inches shown.
Once again, make sure that the tape measure is straight and not bent. Don’t count any exterior portions of the truck.
Step 3: Calculate Square Footage
To get the square footage of your bed area, multiply your width and length measurements. For example, if your truck bed is 60 inches wide and 80 inches long, the area of the truck would be: 60 x 80 = 4800 inches (400 sq. ft.).
When Bed Measurements Differ
You may notice that the actual length of your truck bed differs from the advertised length for your vehicle model. This doesn’t mean you are bad at measuring! It’s common for the true bed length to vary slightly from the stated advertised length.
Review the table below for some common variances:
|Vehicle Type||Bed Type||Actual Length||Advertised Length|
|Chevy Colorado||Short Bed||62.7 in.||5’3” (63 in.)|
|Chevy Colorado||Long Bed||74.0 in.||6’2” (74 in.)|
|Chevy Silverado||Short Bed||69.3 in.||5’9” (69 in.)|
|Chevy Silverado||Standard Bed||78.8 in.||6’7” (79 in.)|
|Chevy Silverado||Long Bed||97.8 in.||8’2” (98 in.)|
|Dodge Ram||Short Bed||67.4 in.||5’7” (67 in.)|
|Dodge Ram||Standard Bed||76.3 in.||6’4” (76 in.)|
|Dodge Ram||Long Bed||96.3 in.||8’0” (96 in.)|
|Ford F-150||Short Bed||67.1 in.||5’7” (67 in.)|
|Ford F-150||Standard Bed||78.9 in.||6’7” (79 in.)|
|Ford F-150||Long Bed||97.6 in.||8’2”(98 in.)|
|Ford F-250||Short Bed||81.8 in.||6’10” (82 in.)|
|Ford F-250||Standard Bed||98.0 in.||8’2” (98 in.)|
|Ford F-350||Short Bed||81.8 in.||6’10” (82 in.)|
|Ford F-350||Standard Bed||98.0 in.||8’2” (98 in.)|
|GMC Canyon||Short Bed||62.7 in.||5’3” (63 in.)|
|GMC Canyon||Long Bed||74.0 in.||6’2” (74 in.)|
|GMC Sierra||Short Bed||69.3 in.||5’9” (69 in.)|
|GMC Sierra||Standard Bed||78.8 in.||6’7” (79 in.)|
|GMC Sierra||Long Bed||97.8 in.||8’2” (98 in.)|
|Nissan Frontier||Short Bed||59.5 in.||5’0” (60 in.)|
|Nissan Frontier||Standard Bed||73.3 in.||6’1” (73 in.)|
|Nissan Titan||Short Bed||67.1 in.||5’7” (67 in.)|
|Nissan Titan||Standard Bed||78.9 in.||6’7” (79 in.)|
|Nissan Titan||Long Bed||84.0 in.||7’0” (84 in.)|
|Toyota Tacoma||Short Bed||60.3 in.||5’0” (60 in.)|
|Toyota Tacoma||Standard Bed||73.5 in.||6’2” (74 in.)|
|Toyota Tundra||Short Bed||66.7 in.||5’7” (67 in.)|
|Toyota Tundra||Standard Bed||78.7 in.||6’7” (79 in.)|
|Toyota Tundra||Long Bed||97.6 in.||8’2” (98 in.)|
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