Learn how to install a sliding truck bed drawer system!

Sliding Truck Bed Drawer System

Do you like heading off on a road trip in your pickup?? This upgrade project for your vehicle will make getaways even more enjoyable!

Pickup trucks are great for heading off on an adventure with friends and family. You can simply place a mat on the rear bed and you’re ready to relax and sleep.  But getting a good place to lie down is impossible if you’ve got tons of stuff occupying that rear bed.

Truck Bed Drawer System

The solution is to build a bed with drawers in your truck so that there’s a place for all your travel necessities and a place to sleep.

Though this might seem like a big DIY project, it’s easy to accomplish as long as you take time with measuring and planning. This tutorial shows you the essential features of a good truck bed and drawer system.

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Read on and see how simple this truck improvement project can be! đŸ™‚

You’ll need these materials:

  • 1 – sheet 3/4 Plywood
  • 1 – sheet 1/4 Masonite
  • 1 – sheet 1/4 Plywood
  • 4 – 1x4x 8′
  • 7 – 1x10x 8′
  • 3 – 1x12x 8′
  • 4 – 1×1 Square Tubing
  • 50 – Bearings that fit over a 5/16 Bolt
  • (Qty.50) 608-2RS two side Rubber Seals Bearing 608-rs Ball Bearings
  • 24 – 1 1/4 – 5/16 Bolts
  • 12 – 2 1/4 – 5/16 Bolts
  • 50 – 5/16 Lock Nuts
  • 70 – 5/16 Washers
  • Wood Glue
  • Paint
  • 1 – small box 1 1/4″ Wood Screws
  • 1 – small box 2″ Wood Screws
  • 2 – Slide Latches
  • 2 – Handles
  • 4 – Piano Hinges
  • 4 – Cabinet Pulls
  • LED strips

And these tools:

  • Circular Saw
  • Jig Saw
  • Screw Gun
  • Tape Measure
  • Drill
  • Table Saw
  • Paint Roller and Brush


Sliding Truck Bed Drawer System
Sliding Truck Bed Drawer System
  • Cut your masonit and 3/4 plywood about a half inch short of the length of the inside of the bed.
  • Cut 2 – 1×12 and the 2×12 to 3/4 inch less then your plywood
  • Cut 1 – 1×12 to 4′
  • Glue and screw them together like the photo. The board on the face was temporary.
  • Slide it in the bed and center it.
Sliding Truck Bed Drawer System
  • If you have a bed liner, mark the ribs at each corner. Drill the 4 corners and insert a 1/2″ bolt.
  • The frame will not be able to slide left or right.
Sliding Truck Bed Drawer System
  • Build your drawers 2 1/4″ less then the openings.
  • Cut a 1/4 inch grove at the bottom of the 1×10″ and glue the plywood to slide in for the drawer bottoms.
Sliding Truck Bed Drawer System
  • Bolt the square tubing to the side of the drawers. About a 1/4 of the way up from the bottom. Making sure that the drawer will be about 3/8″ above the masonite.
  • Then bolt the bearings on top and bottom.
  • There should be at least a 1/8″ gap between the top bearing and square tubing when drawer is closed.
Sliding Truck Bed Drawer System

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