How Do I Make My Truck Bed Side Railing?

Installing side railings on a truck bed is an easy way to protect the bed itself and your cargo from damage. It also gives the truck a more professional look and can significantly improve its usability. With just a few simple steps, you can easily add railing to your truck bed and enjoy the benefits it provides.

Step 1: Gather Materials
The first step in installing a side railing on your truck bed is to gather all of the necessary materials. You will need some 2×4 boards, screws, drill, drill bit, saw or jigsaw, measuring tape, level, and lag screws or bolts. You may also need a screwdriver.

Step 2: Measure
The next step is to measure your truck bed to get the proper measurements for the railing. Measure from one side of the bed to the other and mark where you want the railings to be installed. Make sure that you leave enough room for cargo.

Step 3: Cut
Using your saw or jigsaw, cut the 2×4 boards down to size in order to fit on your truck bed. Make sure that they are cut straight so that they will fit properly when installed.

Step 4: Install

Now it’s time to install your side railings. Start by pre-drilling holes in each board where they will attach to the bed of the truck. Attach each board with lag screws or bolts and make sure that they are secure.

Step 5: Check for Levelness

Once all of your boards are attached, use a level to check for levelness. If any of them are not level, use shims or spacers as needed in order to make them even.


Installing side railings on a truck bed is an easy project that can be completed in just a few steps. With just some basic materials and tools you can quickly make your truck look great while providing extra protection for both its bed and its cargo. With these instructions it should be easy for anyone with basic DIY skills to make their own custom side railings for their truck beds!

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James Gardner