How Do You Install Side Rails on a Truck Bed?

Installing side rails on a truck bed is an easy way to protect your cargo from shifting or falling out when you’re on the road. It also adds a great look to the overall appearance of the vehicle.

The good news is, installing side rails on a truck bed isn’t hard. With the right tools, it can be done in just a few steps.

The first step in installing side rails is to measure and mark where you want the rails to go. Make sure that you measure both sides of the truck bed so that the rails are even and level. Once you have determined where each rail should go, mark it with chalk or tape.

The next step is to drill holes into the bed of your truck for attaching the side rails. Use a power drill with a drill bit that matches the size of screws or bolts you will be using. Drill straight through so that each hole lines up with its corresponding rail.

Once all of your holes have been drilled, it’s time to install the side rails. Start by lining up one end of each rail with its corresponding hole in the bed of your truck. Then, use screws or bolts to secure them in place.

If you purchased side rails that require additional hardware, such as brackets or clamps, make sure to follow instructions for installation carefully. Installing these pieces incorrectly could damage your truck bed and affect its performance.


Installing side rails on a truck bed is an easy DIY project that can give your cargo extra protection and boost its overall look. All it takes is measuring and marking where you want them to go, drilling holes into your truck bed, and securing them with screws or bolts – plus any additional hardware required by your specific model of side rails. With just a few simple steps, you can easily install side rails on your own!

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Karen Watkins