How to Measure Your Truck Bed for a Tonneau Cover

How to Measure Your Truck Bed for a Tonneau Cover

There are a number of aftermarket upgrades available for truck owners who want their trucks to look and operate their best. One of these accessories is the truck bed cover.

Tonneau covers are hard or soft covers that truck drivers use to enclose or protect their truck beds. These covers provide a sophisticated element to the image of any truck and are very visually appealing. Their benefits, however, go way beyond their aesthetic appeal. These covers help improve gas mileage, for one, due to their aerodynamic design generating less air resistance. They also ensure an improvement in security against theft, lost belongings, and even against the natural elements. Lastly, these covers also provide additional storage thanks to their extra hauling capabilities.

Know Your Truck Style

Before shopping for a tonneau cover, it is best to know what truck style you’re driving. There are four main styles of truck beds today: Regular Cab, Extended Cab, Door Crew Cab, and Side Step.

Measure Your Truck Bed

When measuring your truck bed for a tonneau cover, do not worry about exact measurements. There are several trucks makes and models that an inch or two difference in measurement-do not really matter. In fact, rounding off bed length measurements into approximation is very common. Also, different manufacturers measure their beds differently, so measurements will never be as exactly as what is advertised.

Step 1: Measure the Bed Length

Stand at the end of the bed and put down the tailgate. Extend the measuring tape to the far end of the bed, in the center, and up against the bulkhead. Take the measurements from where the tailgate begins until where the bed ends. Match up your measurements with the advertised length and name of your truck bed below:

Vehicle TypeBed TypeAdvertised LengthActual Length
Chevy ColoradoShort Bed5’3”5’2.7”
Chevy ColoradoLong Bed6’2”6’2”
Chevy SilveradoShort Bed5’9”5’9.3”
Chevy SilveradoStandard Bed6’7”6’6.8”
Chevy SilveradoLong Bed8’2”8’1.8”
Dodge RamShort Bed5’7”5’7.4”
Dodge RamStandard Bed6’4”6’2.5”
Dodge RamLong Bed8’0”8’0.3”
Ford F-150Short Bed5’7”5’7.1”
Ford F-150Standard Bed6’7”6’6.9”
Ford F-150Long Bed8’2”8’1.6”
Ford F-250Short Bed6’10”6’9.8”
Ford F-250Standard Bed8’2”8’2”
Ford F-350Short Bed6’10”6’9.8”
Ford F-350Standard Bed8’2”8’2”
Ford RangerShort Bed5’0”5’1”
Ford RangerStandard Bed6’0”6’0.8”
GMC CanyonShort Bed5’0”5’1”
GMC CanyonLong Bed6’0”6’0.8”
GMC SierraShort Bed5’9”5’9.3”
GMC SierraStandard Bed6’7”6’6.8”
GMC SierraLong Bed8’2”8’1.8”
Nissan FrontierShort Bed5’0”4’11.5”
Nissan FrontierStandard Bed6’1”6’1.3”
Nissan TitanShort Bed5’7”5’7.1”
Nissan TitanStandard Bed6’7”6’6.9”
Nissan TitanLong Bed7’0”7’0”
Toyota TacomaShort Bed5’0”5’0.3”
Toyota TacomaStandard Bed6’2”6’1.5”
Toyota TundraShort Bed5’7”5’6.7”
Toyota TundraStandard Bed6’7”6’6.7”
Toyota TundraLong Bed8’2”8’1.6”

Step 2: Pick out the cover

After getting the measurements and details about your truck, you are ready to find the right coverage that fits your truck style, needs, and budget.

There are many truck cover options nowadays that truck owners are just spoiled for choice. The good news is that measuring your truck bed before shopping for a cover does not require any strict measurements like dress tailors have to make. All you need is a measuring tape and a ballpark number for your truck bed. 

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