How to Anchor Your Toolbox in the Back of a Truck How to Anchor Your Toolbox in the Back of a Truck

What You'll Need
Pair of pliers or screwdriver
Screws, bolts and nuts
Foam or padding material
Measuring tape.
Protective overalls
Working Gloves

A toolbox can be anchored on a rig's bed to add secure space for storing equipment. Safe, lockable toolboxes come in different styles and sizes and can be made from different materials such as steel, aluminum and plastic. 

Step 1 – Obtain Quality Materials

Start by buying a quality toolbox and foam or padding materials. Foam or padding sheets should be of the same dimensions as the toolbox. Measure the upper side of the new or existing toolbox and buy foam material with similar measurements. This helps to prevent wear and tear.

It is advisable to buy screws or bolts and nuts depending on what is required to fix the toolbox in place. These might become useful when securing an existing appliance. Most of these equipments can be bought from hardware, mechanic’s or garage stores.

Step 2 – Get Correct Measurement

Use measuring tape to get the size of the toolbox. Inspect bed truck and look for the best position to place the appliance. Keep in mind the dimension of the toolbox, how the cover opens and the operations of the lock. Locate a position that will comfortably accommodate the toolbox with all these factors being considered.

Step 3 – Foam Material

Use the foam material and make sure has correct measurements. It protects the appliance from damage and it also preserves its paint job. Place it in position on the truck’s bed rail before fixing the toolbox.

Step 4 – Anchor Toolbox

Depending on the design of the toolbox, fix it on the truck bed and make sure it is secure. For plastic toolboxes, use a drill to poke holes and them secure the appliance either using screws or bolts and nuts. Fasten the screws using a screw driver. A pair of pliers can be used to fix bolts and nuts.

For metal boxes, find the hardware that comes together with the appliance. They have special j-bolts that are used to anchor the toolbox on the truck bed. These are fixed into pre-drilled holes to keep the toolbox in place.

Check whether j-bolts are placed in pre-drilled holes in the toolbox, put them in each slot if there not in position. Fix the toolbox on the bed rail and make sure its bottom is well padded by the foam material.

Lift the cover and locate the holes in the appliance. From beneath the toolbox, position the hook of the j-bolt under the bed rail. Take rubber plugs and fix them on the threaded part. Place the nuts in position and use a pair of pliers to fix them tightly. Do not use too much pressure.


  • Inspect tool boxes regularly and clean them to remove dirt, mud and debris
  • When anchoring the toolbox on the bed rail, do not fix it too tightly. This can damage the truck’s bed rail.






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