What Size Tarp Covers a Truck Bed?

A tarp is a great way to protect your truck bed from the elements and keep it looking good. But what size tarp should you get to cover a truck bed? It all depends on the size of the bed and your needs.

The most common sizes for truck beds are 5′, 6′, 8′ and 10′. If you have a smaller truck bed, then a 5′ or 6′ tarp should be enough. On the other hand, if you have a larger truck bed, then an 8′ or 10′ tarp will provide better coverage.

When choosing the size of the tarp, make sure to measure your truck bed first. This will ensure that you get one that is big enough to cover your truck bed in its entirety.

You should also consider any extra items that may be in your truck bed, such as toolboxes or spare tires, which will also need to be covered by the tarp.

In addition to size, you also want to consider the material of the tarp. Tarps come in many different materials such as vinyl, nylon and canvas. Vinyl tarps are lightweight and typically waterproof, making them ideal for quick trips or short-term protection from rain and snow. Nylon tarps are more durable than vinyl ones but less waterproof. Finally, canvas tarps have excellent waterproofing but can become heavy when wet.


The right size tarp for covering a truck bed depends on both the size of the bed and what type of protection you need from it. Be sure to measure your truck bed first so that you get one large enough to cover it completely along with any extra items inside. Also consider what material is best suited for your needs; vinyl tarps are lightweight but less waterproof while canvas tarps are heavy but provide excellent protection.

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Stephen Dunn