The bed of your pickup truck is a major part of what makes it so useful, no matter your profession or needs. Whether you’re a farmer, contractor, professional transporter, fleet owner, weekend warrior or anything in between, there are so many ways to use a pickup truck bed. Manufacturers design many different types and styles to suit any use case.
If you’re in the market for a truck bed upfit or just curious about what’s out there, we’ve got you covered.
Truck beds come in short, long and stepside styles:
Check out the pros and cons of each bed type to help you decide which one is right for your truck.
Short beds are great for truck owners who live in urban areas. Their smaller size means they’re easier to navigate through narrow city streets with lots of traffic. Short beds are also a good choice for pickup drivers who don’t need a ton of cargo space, as they offer less capacity than other styles.
Other pros of short beds include the following:
On the other hand, short beds provide limited space, so they’re not ideal for drivers who use their trucks to move lots of materials and heavy equipment. A larger truck bed is a better choice if you transport big items regularly.
A long bed is your go-to if you use your truck for work in industries such as construction and agriculture. Long beds provide plenty of advantages, such as:
For pickup owners who live in or near cities, a long bed may be challenging to maneuver and park. Other drawbacks of long beds include the following:
Stepside beds, also known as flareside or sportside beds, were popular in the past, but they aren’t as common today.
One advantage of stepside beds is their perfectly rectangular cargo space. Because the bed doesn’t fit over the wheel wells, you won’t have to work around the awkward humps that form around the tires inside the bed. This feature is great for truck owners who want streamlined bed space.
The step that gives stepside beds their name is also pretty convenient when you need to quickly and easily access what you’re hauling — no need to lower the tailgate or attempt to stand on the tires.
The main drawback of a stepside bed is that it doesn’t provide as much space as a standard bed regarding the area over the wheel well. Additionally, trucks with stepside beds are less aerodynamic than their smooth-sided counterparts.
At Truckfitters, we know truck beds. It’s a major part of what we do. We also know how important your truck is to you, because we love ours all the same. If you’re like us, you rely on your truck for work, play and everything in between. That’s why we provide top-notch upfitting services and truck parts.
Our truck bed inventory includes short, standard and long sizes from some of today’s top manufacturers, so you can feel confident whether you’re hauling feed around the farm, transporting tools and equipment to the job site or loading up the ATV for a fun weekend ride.
If you need help deciding how to upfit your truck, the experts at Truckfitters are here to help you with a custom solution. We’ll explain your options and work with you to determine what you’re looking for in a truck bed. Once you choose your ideal truck bed, our technicians will get to work on your project and deliver your upfitted truck in a timely manner.
If you’re ready to upgrade your personal vehicle or commercial truck with a new bed, Truckfitters is your one-stop shop. Choose from our wide variety of truck beds from top manufacturers, including Bed Rock and CM, and leave the installation to our expert technicians.
Don’t need a truck bed but are still interested in parts and accessories? We work on Jeeps, vans, SUVs and trailers, too. Reach out to Truckfitters today to learn more about how we can level up your rid