How Do You Make a Truck Bed Cover Out of a Tarp?

Making a truck bed cover out of a tarp is an economical and easy way to protect your cargo from the elements. A tarp has many advantages that make it the perfect material for this task.

It is lightweight, waterproof, and easy to manipulate into the desired shape.

To start, lay the tarp over the truck bed, making sure it covers the entire area. Make sure that it is centered and aligned properly.

Secure one end of the tarp to the side of the bed with heavy duty bungee cords or rope.

Next, pull the other end of the tarp over to cover the opposite side of the bed. Secure this side as well with bungee cords or rope.

If you have excess material at either end, tie it in a knot and secure it with a clip or hook.

For extra protection against water and wind, add additional bungee cords along both sides of the truck bed cover in an alternating pattern like a crisscross or diamond pattern. This will ensure that your cargo is secure even in strong winds or rainstorms.


Making a truck bed cover out of a tarp is an easy and cost effective way to protect your cargo from inclement weather. With some basic supplies such as heavy duty bungee cords or rope, you can quickly transform your truck bed into a secure storage space that will keep your possessions safe and dry.

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James Gardner