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Work Truck Bed Accessories - 8 Ways To Maximize Your Truck's Bed Space

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On: Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 1:07PM | By: Elizabeth Puckett

Work Truck Bed Accessories - 8 Ways To Maximize Your Truck's Bed Space

When it comes to owning a truck, storage space is an asset, the most important you have. By maximizing the storage capacity—and function—of your truck bed, you'll be able to carry more tools, more parts, etc., and do more work.

Here are eight great accessories for maximizing your bed's storage space.

Tool Box
First and foremost, a tool box is a great way to store tools and secure them from theft. These boxes comes in all sorts of different sizes and configurations. The most popular ones are diamond plated with locking cabinets and drawers.

DualLiner Bedliner
Your bed is going to take a bunch of punishment and you will want to protect it to make it last. An easy and relatively inexpensive way to do this is with a DualLiner bed liner. This inter-locking bed system features hard plastic sides that protect your bed from dings and dents, as well as a thick rubber floor that prevents dents and controls cargo.

While you might not think of a bedliner as a "storage" accessory, the DualLiner's ZeroSkid® rubber floor keeps cargo from moving even as you drive down the road. This means that you can load your truck bed up with gear without having to worry about things sliding around...and that means more space.

Hard Folding Tonneau Cover
Another smart option is a hard folding tonneau cover. Available in a variety of styles, most folding tonneau covers are made from plastic and feature a locking system that secures whatever you have in the bed (unlike the "soft" tonneau covers, which are easily cut).

A folding tonneau cover is important, as there are times when you need room in your truck bed for a tall object. Folding tonneau covers can flip up and out of the way, often securing themselves to the back of the cab.

If a hard folding tonneau cover doesn't offer enough secured storage space, it's time to look at truck topper. Toppers provide the ultimate in weather protection and truck security. They come in all sorts of different styles. There are even several being offered with lights and built-in storage compartments.

Truck Drawers
Once you have a hard tonneau cover or a topper, you can continue to better organize your things with truck drawers. Their are many different types and varieties. The more popular options are steel drawers which sit on the bottom of your bed. They have long drawers that pull out. This allows you to store a lot of different items without them rolling around your bed or being an easy target for thieves.

Bed Storage Pockets
Another smart storage item are bed storage pockets. These are normally hard plastic, though metal is also an option, molded to fit into the pocket of space created behind your wheel well to the tail gate. Some fold out and have different drawers to store items.

Truck Bed Divider
There are times when you don't need to store items as much as you need to keep things separate. Truck bed dividers are ideal for this. For example, you may want to keep 5-gallon paint drums separate from wood and tile. A truck bed divider would separate these items and prevent the paint drums from sliding around.

OverheadTruck Rack
If your work involves carrying tall items likeladders, wood orwindows, an overheadtruck rack is right for you. These systems attach to the bed and rise varying heightsabove. They normally have slots built into them to help secure long and tall items to the sides. Many tradesman, like plumbers, window-replacement companies, garage door repairman, et. al., have these racks. They are handy and fairly inexpensive.

When it comes to securing, storing and protecting your cargo, any of the above items will go a long way to making your life better.

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elibaine | 12:04PM (Tue, Jun 23, 2015)

Oh my gosh, that picture is ridiculous. How did someone get the car on top of the truck? Wow. These are all excellent accessories to have for your truck, especially if you are a very adventurous or active person. The dividers would be particularly helpful for when you just have a few things in the back that you don't want to slide around. I just discovered another accessory that is almost necessary for the big trucks: a bumper step. Sometimes you can't step onto the truck gate, but you need to reach up high enough to tie stuff down. That is where the bumper step comes in handy!
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Jordanjjorgenson | 12:13PM (Mon, Oct 19, 2015)

The picture you have on this post is pretty awesome. I hope the picture is real and wish i could see that. If anyone needed to extend their truck bed it was that guy. Anyway, I liked your advice and will consider getting a bed liner.

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jorgeboothe | 3:04PM (Tue, Dec 13, 2016)

I'm glad you mention tool boxes first! I've been trying to think of a good truck accessory to give to my dad for the holidays. I think a toolbox should definitely be his first upgrade so that he can declutter the inside of his truck and store everything safely in the bed.
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