5 DIY Truck Bed Mods You Can Do On A Budget

Automakers build vehicles with styles and options to appeal to the masses, but only you can make it your own. Customizing your truck to fit your personality and needs to provide a sense of accomplishment you'll enjoy every time you use it. Improving the functionality of your truck bed ranges from adding a simple truck bed toolbox to investing in a slide-in truck camper that costs as much as a house.

Fortunately, numerous budget-friendly DIY options exist for customizing your truck bed. While everyone's idea of budget-friendly differs, the following five DIY truck bed modifications can easily stay under $200, with some equipment available for as little as $20. Of course, the sky is the limit for some versions of these projects.

Doing the work yourself is the key to saving money on truck bed mods. While shops generally get a discount when buying the equipment to modify a truck bed, they rarely pass those savings on to you. In addition, most shops charge labor rates that often exceed $100 per hour.

LED lighting

Adding LED lighting to your truck bed makes it much easier to use when it's dark. Tasks like securing bikes, stacking firewood, and unloading groceries become much easier and safer with good lighting. Truck bed LED light kits range from $17 to almost $200, but even the lower end includes some highly rated kits.

The midrange-priced Oracle Lighting 60-inch LED Cargo Light features two LED light strips measuring 5 feet long and comes with a switch for $52. While other kits cost less, many require a separate switch to control them.

Installing the adhesive-backed LED light strips on the underside of the bed rails is simple. First, ensure the surface is clean, dry, and warm for maximum adhesion. The most challenging aspects of installing the LED light kit are cleanly running the wire harness and connecting it to a 12-volt power source. Options for installing the wires included hiding them within the truck bed body or behind a bedliner. If you're uncomfortable with 12-volt DC wiring, you should seek assistance from someone with experience.