How Do You Make Sliding Drawers for a Truck Bed?

Sliding drawers for truck beds provide a great way to store your tools and equipment without taking up valuable space in the cab. The drawers are installed underneath the bed of your truck and slide out for easy access. Sliding drawers can be made from lightweight materials such as plywood, aluminum, or steel.

To make sliding drawers for a truck bed, you will need to measure the dimensions of the bed, including the height, width, and length. You will also need to determine the size of drawer you need based on what you plan to store in it. After measuring the dimensions and deciding on what type of drawer you want to install, you can begin assembling your pieces.

Cutting Pieces

The first step is to cut out all of your pieces based on the measurements of your bed and desired drawer size. Cut rails that are slightly longer than the width of your drawer from plywood or aluminum and two pieces that will serve as a track for the drawers that fit exactly within the width of your bed.

Attaching Pieces

Once all pieces have been cut, you can attach them together using wood screws or rivets. Start by attaching one track piece along each side of the bed using screws or rivets.

Then attach both rails onto each side track piece using screws or rivets again. Make sure both rails are at an equal distance apart so they run parallel with each other when installed in the bed.

Installing Drawer Slides

The next step is to install drawer slides on each rail so they can move freely within their respective tracks when opened or closed. Start by measuring out how far apart each slide should be placed along the rail and mark with a pencil where each one should go. Next drill holes into these marks with a drill bit slightly smaller than the diameter of your screws then screw in place using wood screws or machine screws depending on what type of slides you have chosen.

Finishing Touches

Now all that’s left is to add finishing touches such as handles or knobs if desired and spray paint them according to color preferences if necessary before installation in your truck bed. Once everything is finished it’s time to slide them into place!


Making sliding drawers for a truck bed is not overly difficult but requires careful measuring and cutting before assembly and installation onto tracks within your truck bed frame. The process requires basic tools such as drills and screwdrivers but may require more complex tools if metal material is used instead of plywood or aluminum . With careful attention to detail these drawers will provide easy access storage solutions for all sorts of tools without taking up valuable space in your cab!

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James Gardner