Truck Bed Toolboxes

Types of Truck Bed Tool Boxes

Truck bed tool box
Choosing the right truck bed tool box for you and your needs can change the way you use your truck bed!

Whether you are a handyman looking for a place to store your tools or a mechanic looking for extra space, there is one tool box that will always be there when you need it: a truck bed tool box! But with many different kinds on the market, how do you choose the best one for you? Let’s take a look at these unsung heroes of tool users everywhere!

Mounting Styles

There are several different kinds of tools boxes that are mounted differently. Mounting styles refer to how and where the boxes are attached to your truck. The first mounting style is the crossover that sits behind the cab and rests on the bed’s side rails. It does not extend to the floor, allowing you to maintain some floor space under it. This is a standard and simply designed box that is often low-cost. The next style is the chest box that sits behind the cab on the floor of the bed and doesn’t extend past the truck bed. This bed does limit the available floor space of your bed but doesn’t obstruct your view. A side box is attached to the side rails and fits on either side of the rail. This style allows two boxes to fit in the back of your truck and takes up very little space. It can be reached when standing next to the truck and doesn’t extend to the floor. A sliding mounted box sits on a sliding rail system for easy access. A hitch box attaches to the trailer hitch. A tailgate mounted box attaches to the tailgate and swings down with it for easy access and doesn’t take up space.


Truck bed tool boxes are usually made out of aluminum. This material is known for being light, durable, and non-corrosive. However, there are some boxes made out of stainless steel and hard plastics. Stainless steel is also known for being non-corrosive and strong, but they are heavier and can be expensive. Tool boxes typically come in a neutral or metallic color. Powder coatings can also be applied to boxes, giving it extra protection from corrosion. Many truck bed tool boxes have either single, double, or gull-wing lids that are divided but hinged inside the box. Another thing to think about when considering your tool box is the installation. Consider whether a box can be installed without drilling bolt holes, how secure the box locks, and whether the lid opening is pneumatic or manual. Many boxes have shelves, dividers, and trays inside to hold your tools. But some boxes are open for customization.

When choosing a truck bed tool box, consider the job it will be doing. Think about the size of the objects that will be stored in the truck as well as the size and type of cargo that will be carried in the remainder of the bed. Choosing the right truck bed tool box for your lifestyle should be given careful thought and consideration. Talk to your local technician at Trick Trucks for more information on the best tool box for your truck!

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