How Do You Make a Wood Bike Rack for a Truck Bed?

Making a wood bike rack for the truck bed is an easy and cost-effective way to transport your bicycles. With some basic materials, you can make a sturdy, reliable, and secure bike rack.

Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Gather Materials

You will need a few simple materials to make the bike rack. First, you will need two pieces of lumber (1×6 or 2×6) that are long enough to span the length of your truck bed. You will also need 4 carriage bolts (1/4 inch), 8 washers (1/4 inch), 8 nuts (1/4 inch), and some wood screws.

Step 2: Cut the Wood

The first step is to cut the wood pieces to fit the length of your truck bed. The two pieces should be cut so that they fit snugly in between the walls of your truck bed. Make sure that both pieces are even and flush with each other when placed side by side.

Step 3: Attach Lumber Pieces Together

Once you have cut both pieces of lumber, it’s time to attach them together. Use four evenly spaced carriage bolts, four washers, and four nuts to secure both ends of the lumber together. Make sure that all bolts are tight and secure before moving on to the next step.

Step 4: Secure Lumber Pieces To Truck Bed

Now it’s time to attach the two lumber pieces securely to the truck bed. Make sure that they are even with one another when placed side by side in your truck bed. Use wood screws along both ends of the lumber pieces and into your truck bed walls for added stability and security.

Step 5: Add Bikes To Rack

Finally, it’s time for you to add your bikes onto your new bike rack! Place one bike on each end of the rack, making sure that they are evenly spaced out from one another. You can also use bungee cords or straps for added stability if needed.


Making a wood bike rack for a truck bed is an easy DIY project that doesn’t require much skill or many materials. With just some basic tools and materials, you can easily create a sturdy and reliable bike rack in no time at all!

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Susan Delgado