How Far Can Wood Stick Out of a Truck Bed?

Trucks are an essential part of many people’s lives, especially those who need to haul large loads and materials. Even if you don’t need to haul anything, you may still want to keep items in the truck bed. However, there are certain laws and regulations related to how far wood can stick out of a truck bed.

The first thing to consider is the size of the wood. Anything larger than 8 feet in length must be securely tied down and cannot stick out more than 4 feet from the edge of the truck bed. Any pieces that are shorter than 8 feet are allowed to stick out up to 3 feet beyond the edge of the truck bed.

When it comes to width, any pieces that measure over 4 inches thick must be tied down so they do not protrude more than 6 inches from either side of the truck bed. Pieces that measure less than 4 inches thick can stick out up to 12 inches from either side.


The height restrictions for wood sticking out of a truck bed depend on the type of vehicle being driven. On passenger vehicles, wood cannot protrude more than 5 feet above the top edge of the truck bed. On commercial vehicles, wood can be up to 8 feet in height.

Weight Restrictions

In addition to size restrictions, there are also weight restrictions for any loads being hauled in a truck bed. The total weight should not exceed 1,500 pounds for a standard pickup truck and 2,000 pounds for commercial vehicles.

Safety Precautions

When transporting wood or any other items in a truck bed it is important to take safety precautions such as tying down all items securely and making sure they do not stick out too far from either side or above the top edge of the truck bed.

Additionally, make sure you obey all traffic laws while driving with an overloaded vehicle.


In conclusion, when transporting wood in a truck bed it is important to follow all size and weight restrictions as well as safety precautions such as tying down all items securely. Wood should not extend more than 3-4 feet from the edge of the truck bed and should not exceed 5-8 feet in height depending on what type of vehicle is being used. Additionally, make sure that total weight does not exceed 1,500 or 2,000 pounds depending on whether it is a passenger or commercial vehicle respectively.

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Susan Delgado