When it comes to storing gear in the back of a pickup truck, there are a variety of options to choose from. But with so many different products on the market, it can be tough to know which one is right for you. That’s why we’ve put together this list of the best truck bed organizers.
Whether you’re looking for a simple storage solution or something that can accommodate a lot of gear, we’ve got you covered. So, whether you’re an avid outdoorsman or just someone who likes to be prepared for anything, read on to find the perfect truck bed organizer for your needs.
|Best Drawer System
|DECKED Drawer System
|Best for Groceries
|Red Hound Bed Storage Cargo Organizer
|Best Budget Option
|KARCOCA Cargo Net
|US Cargo Control Ratcheting Cargo Bar
|Best for Small Items
|HitchSafe Key Vault
- 1. DECKED Drawer System
- 2. Red Hound Bed Storage Cargo Organizer
- 3. KARCOCA Cargo Net
- 4. DECKED Truck Tool Box
- 5. UnderCover SwingCase
- 6. HitchSafe Key Vault
- 7. TruXedo TL TonneauMate
- 8. DECKED CargoGlide
- 9. US Cargo Control Ratcheting Cargo Bar
- In a perfect world, what would my setup look like?
- What should you look for in a good truck bed organizer?
- How do you transport groceries in the bed of a truck?
- How do you secure the totes on a truck bed?
1. DECKED Drawer System
We are starting this list off with a bang, and by that I mean, the best way to organizer your truck bed… ever. The DECKED Drawer system may be expensive, however it is by far the best way to keep your tools safe, your groceries from rolling around, and leaving a complete bed’s worth of flat space to put items like lawn mowers, dirt bikes and more on top of (it can handle up to 2000 pounds on top of it).
The DECKED drawers essentially raise the floor of your truck bed up, and replace them with long sturdy drawers that can handle up to 200 pounds of gear each.
It is also completely weatherproof and backed by a lifetime warranty to keep you going, no matter what.
They make custom versions of each of the DECKED drawers for each truck, and make them for most all of the modern trucks on the market today.
Hands down, if you want a great way to get your truck organized, and are willing to spend what is needed, there isn’t a better way to do it than this.
2. Red Hound Bed Storage Cargo Organizer
I get it, not everyone wants to spend as much as it takes to install a DECKED system into their truck. That is where something like this Red Hound Organizer comes into play. This organizer creates a small, open topped drawer that is secured to the rear of the bed on your truck.
Having it placed at the end of the bed (right in front of the tailgate) means you don’t have to reach super far into the back of your bed to get groceries like you do with normal tool boxes. While a tool box would do a much better job for items that are in the bed of your truck longer term, this would make a great place for items that are only there for a single trip.
You also can’t quite go wrong with the price, as it is much less than many of the other options in this article!
3. KARCOCA Cargo Net
You know those handles on the side of your bed, in back of your tailgate? Have you ever thought about how nice it would be if you could place a net between those, so that you can store items in them, easily within reach? No? Well, you are now.
This cargo net is specially designed to fit snugly in the bed of your truck, and can be easily installed or removed in just a few seconds thanks to the convenient hooks.
Thanks to its simple design, it also is incredibly inexpensive, being under $30. It can easily hold a ton of different gear on the go. However, you can think of it more as a cheaper version of the Red Hound organizer we talked about above. It won’t be able to hold many larger, or heavier items, and likely won’t last too terribly long before needing to be replaced.
That said, if you are in a pinch, and need some thing now, this is an awesome option.
4. DECKED Truck Tool Box
Yep, you won’t be mistaken if you noticed this brand has been mentioned on this list. It also won’t be the last time either! While DECKED is known for its drawer organizer, it also has a fantastic tool box as well.
While you may think of tool boxes as those diamond plate steel boxes, this one is a bit different! This high-impact resin tool box is injection molded and reinforced with galvanized steel and aluminum for superior strength and durability.
The lid and tub are completely seamless (because it is molded) it is completely weatherproof. The high quality lock and latch system makes forced entry nearly impossible, and its design makes it difficult for anyone to pry it open.
But wait, there’s more (cheesy I know)! Unlike any of the other tool boxes I have found, this one has a ladder that is easily rolled out of the tool box, making it incredibly easy to get up in to the tool box, even with lifted pickups.
5. UnderCover SwingCase
Not everyone wants a ton of space for storage in the bed of their truck, but most people do want to keep their gear out of the way. If both of those things sound like you, then this SwingCase might be for you. Essentially, it fills the void between your tailgate and wheel wheel, and turns it into storage.
Then, when you want to access the storage compartment, you swing it out towards you. This means you don’t have to get into the bed of your pickup to access the storage, but it is out of the way. This would be perfect for those that didn’t quite like the Red Hound organizer above, but still want the functionality.
If you don’t have anything else in the bed of your truck, especially a tonneau cover, then this is an awesome option that you should be trying out.
6. HitchSafe Key Vault
Are you just looking to store extremely small items? This can be things like watches, extra keys, your wallet, or other gear that size while you are away from your pickup for a short period of time, but want to keep it out of your truck?
This can be in times like going to the beach, at a sporting even, etc. You might not even need to store it in the bed of your pickup at all.
That is where the HitchSafe comes into play! This little contraption essentially locks into your hitch (replacing the ball), and turns it into a small, lockable container. It utilizes a 4-digit combination lock, that when you put in your custom code, it gives you access to the contents.
Thankfully, to put your mind at ease, it comes with a cover that just makes it look like it is a hitch cap, so no one will even know it is there. Out of all of the solutions out there, this is also one of the easiest to install.
7. TruXedo TL TonneauMate
I have a tonneau on my pickup, and many like me do as well! However, this generally means you don’t get to have a toolbox as well. However, TruXedo (a manufacturer of tonneau covers) has come out with a toolbox for its customers that solves that problem.
Essentially, this is a toolbox that sits in the normal area, but is lowered down, so that your tonneau cover can easily roll over top of it.
Never again do people with tonneau covers have to give up the awesome storage solution that is a tool box, just because they want to keep their gear out of the rain, and from prying eyes.
8. DECKED CargoGlide
You guessed it! DECKED is showing up on this list one more time. The DECKED CargoGlide is a sliding tray that can either sit directly on the bed of your truck, or it can even sit on top of a DECKED Drawer System (see top of this article). This gives you the ability to place your gear on top of the sliding tray, and easily roll it out to you whenever you need.
No more getting into the bed of your truck every time you want to be able to get to your stuff. This would be awesome for people that are constantly using the bed of their truck for things like sports equipment, work equipment and more.
When you purchase one of these, you can choose multiple options for your purposes, including a payload range from 1,000 to 2,200 pounds. You can even choose how far out you want the slider to extend out the bed of your truck, as not everyone wants it to come out all the way.
9. US Cargo Control Ratcheting Cargo Bar
Have you ever just wanted a simple solution to keeping things from rolling around, or just wanting to be able to divide up the bed of your truck? That is where a ratcheting cargo bar comes into play.
This heavy duty cargo bar is perfect for keeping your belongings secure while on the go. Whether you’re using it in your pickup truck, SUV, or trailer, this bar is adjustable to fit any space up to 70 inches wide.
The non-slip feet and rubber pads help keep the bar and your cargo in place, while the durable steel construction ensures long-lasting use. Plus, the easy installation makes it a breeze to use.
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In a perfect world, what would my setup look like?
We have gone through a ton of different solutions in this article, so I thought I would share which ones I personally would like in my pickup, if I were to make a final choice! My setup would be the DECKED Drawer System, the CargoGlide, and surprisingly the HitchSafe.
The Drawer System would allow me to keep the majority of my stuff out of the weather, and make it it extremely easy to get to. The CargoGlide would be awesome for everything else. The HitchSafe of course is just cool, and is a great solution for beach day, or any other times you might want to keep small items hidden, yet accessible.
What should you look for in a good truck bed organizer?
How much space do you really need?
You really shouldn’t go overboard on storage solutions if you don’t absolutely need it. Sure, it would be awesome to have all of the space in the world to keep your gear in, however if you only need to keep your backpack out of prying eyes for a short period of time, you might not need a complete drawer system. Instead, you probably could opt for a good quality tool box instead.
Do you still need to have the full length and width of your bed available?
Some storage solutions for truck beds can take up a lot of space, and can take away the length or width of your bed. This means if you need to be able to put something like a sheet of plywood into the bed of your truck, then you might be out of luck. That is where something like a drawer system that we talked about in this article would come into play.
How high of quality do you need?
Not everyone needs the highest quality solution! In fact, many people opt for the netting we talked about earlier in the article to solve their problems. However, if you are someone that constantly is using the bed of your truck for its intended purposes, then you might want to think about buying something that can stand the test of time.
How do you transport groceries in the bed of a truck?
Taking groceries with you in a pickup can be a pain. In fact, without the right storage solutions, it is considerably more difficult than working with a sedan or an SUV. The best way to transport groceries in the bed of your truck (on a budget) would be a simple ratcheting bed divider. This will make it so that your milk doesn’t find its way up to the cab, and keeps the bags in place while you are driving.
Alternatively, you can always go all out with a drawer system, or just use a tool box with a ladder instead (talked about both of these products earlier in the article).
How do you secure the totes on a truck bed?
Ratchet straps, it turns out, are not the cure-all for keeping things from sliding around in the bed of your truck! Instead, to keep totes from sliding around, you should find a way to add texture to the bed of your truck. This could either be a spray in bed liner, or getting something like the CargoGlide from earlier.
Alternatively, much like many other things, a ratcheting bar would do the trick as well. This ratchets into place, divides up the bed of your truck, and makes it so the totes don’t find their way on the opposite side of the bed from what you wanted.
I hope that this article helped you out in answering some of your questions, and point you in the right direction to solve your storage problems for the bed of your pickup truck. This article took quite a bit of time to put together, and we always appreciate a comment below, or a quick share!