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Truck Bed Sizes

The long and the short of pickup-bed sizes

Mar 25, 2021

With truck cabs covered in an earlier report, we now shift our focus to their beds, with hope of taking some of the confusion out of how the cargo boxes behind the cockpit are categorized, based on their size.

Similar to the way that cabs are described, for example "Quad Cab" is used for identifying two different types of four-door trucks, beds also are labeled in a manner that can be extremely confusing. Basically, as terminologies go, "Standard" is the wild-card descriptor that is applied to short-, and long pickup beds.

And, if you're not paying close attention, that one simple term can be the catalyst for major confusion and frustration (for example, when you're trying to purchase accessories like a bed-mounted tool box, tonneau cover, etc. ). Using mid- and fullsize trucks specifically, here's how it all breaks down:

Truck beds are categorized as either "standard" shortbed at six feet five inches, or "standard" longbed, which is only slightly longer (approximately seven feet), as measured from the front of the bed (just behind the cab) to the edge (at the tailgate). Our 2016 Chevy Colorado LT is a great example of a truck with a standard longbed.

However, in addition to the standard sizes, there also are what we consider to be true short- and long bed dimensions. The former boxes measure between five feet five inches, and five feet eight inches, and big longbeds are eight feet in length. Now, here's the twist. While a true, full long bed is almost two inches longer than its standard namesake, the latter is the one that is typically being referred to when the term "longbed" is used.

Of course, size definitely matters when it comes to truck beds, as the length and cargo capacity of a standard-, or true long bed are conducive to using trucks for work, hauling and towing. Conversely, trucks with shorter beds don't have great capacity, but they are easier to maneuver.

Pickup Truck Beds

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Shortbed (5'5" to 5'8")

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Standard Shortbed (6'5")

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Standard Longbed (7')

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Longbed (8')

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