You want to keep all of your gear in a truck tool box, but how do you know what size you need?
To help you get started, we will show you how to measure a truck tool box to ensure it fits your pickup bed.
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Standard Sizes Of Truck Beds
How To Measure Truck Bed For Toolbox Installation
Learning how to measure for a truck tool box requires that you have a reliable tape measure. If you don’t get an accurate measurement, the toolbox might not fit correctly, leaving you with a mess on your hands. Here are some steps to follow if you want to know how to measure for a truck tool box.
- 1Figure out what size truck bed you have.
- 2Measure the truck bed rail height and the distance between them.
- 3If you are getting a crossover box, you need to measure the distance from the outside of each rail.
- 4Measure the space between the wheel well’s forward edge to the bulkhead.
While these measurements are important, you also want to look at how the toolbox will attach to the truck. Some types require drilling into the truck for installation. If you don’t want to drill holes, make sure you have the box that accommodates your truck type.
Standard Sizes Of A Truck Tool Box
How are truck tool boxes measured? Aside from just asking, “What toolbox fits my truck,” you want to look at the sizes they are available in. Here are some of the most common truck tool box dimensions.
How To Measure A Toolbox For Your Truck
If you followed our directions above, then you know how to measure a truck bed for a tool box. However, there might be multiple tool boxes that would fit in the space, so how do you know which one to choose? While it’s important to know the full-size truck tool box dimensions, there are other considerations to keep in mind.
You want to know the distance between the bed rails (inside and outside), the height of the bed wall, and the measurement from the bulkhead to the wheel wells. When a toolbox is installed properly, it won't overhang on the sides of the truck, and it should never block your vision of what’s in the rearview mirror.
Truck Toolbox Sizes & Dimension Chart
Our truck tool box size chart will give you an idea of what you can fit in your truck, but there are normally multiple options available for each size.
Truck Bed Type
Truck Bed Dimension
Tool Box Dimension
Standard Short Bed Trucks
Standard Long Bed Trucks
Standard Long Bed Trucks
5’5” to 5’8”
People Also Ask (FAQs)
Do truck toolboxes fit all trucks?
No, truck toolboxes each have a unique fit and must be measured for your pickup bed. You can also check the compatibility with the manufacturer to see if it fits your vehicle. The Amazon Garage function is great for checking compatibility.
What size toolbox fits F150?
The Ford F-150 has been around for decades and comes in many truck bed sizes. For this reason, you could fit a multitude of toolboxes in an F-150. To be sure you have the right fit, it’s best to take measurements of your Ford truck before choosing a box to buy.
What is the longest truck bed on the market?
Some Chevy Silverado HD trucks are equipped with an 8’2” truck bed, making it one of the longest on the market. This size truck bed is ideal for anyone that uses their truck for work.
What is the shortest truck bed on the market?
Compact trucks can have 5’ bed lengths, which are among the smallest. However, some Nissan Frontier models have bed sizes slightly smaller than that. In the past, there was also a Ford Explorer Sport Trac with a 4’ truck bed, but it’s no longer in production.
Now that you know how to measure a truck tool box, it’s time to equip your pickup with the gear you need. Whether you are hoping to make the jobs easier or you want all of your gear with you for an emergency, the right tool box can make it all possible.