How Do You Make a Truck Bed Sleep Platform?

Creating a truck bed sleep platform is a great way to maximize the use of your truck bed and increase your camping experience. Whether you’re a frequent camper, or just want to be able to sleep in the back of your truck, having a comfortable and secure sleep platform is essential.

The first step to building your own truck bed sleep platform is to measure the length, width, and height of the space you have available. Knowing the size of the area will help you plan out how much space you need for each component. You’ll also need to decide what type of bedding and mattress you want to use on your platform – camping mattresses come in different sizes and thicknesses, so it’s important to pick one that fits comfortably within your truck bed.

Once you have decided on a mattress size, the next step is to build a frame for your sleep platform. This frame should be made from sturdy materials such as wood or metal so that it can support the weight of both yourself and any other items that may be stored on it. Be sure to attach brackets or screws into the side walls of your truck bed for added stability before adding in any additional components such as plywood or boards for attaching other items like storage boxes, lighting fixtures, etc.

From there, it’s time to assemble everything together. Start by laying down plywood sheets across the length and width of your frame and begin attaching boards along each side with screws or nails depending on what material you are using. Once all four sides are securely attached together with boards, add some foam padding underneath for extra comfort then top with your mattress or sleeping bag.

Finally, if desired add in any additional accessories such as storage boxes that hang down from the sides of your platform or lights that can be attached underneath it for added convenience when camping at night. With these added components complete, all that’s left is to enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep in the back of your pickup!


Making a truck bed sleep platform is easy with just some basic materials like wood or metal boards and foam padding. With careful measurements and safely secured components you can create an adequate sleeping surface for yourself as well as any gear that needs stored while camping at night!

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James Gardner