4 Ways to Line Your Pickup Bed

Whether you are purchasing a new truck or you want to protect the bed in your current pickup, there are a lot of different options for bed liners. Bedliners help protect your bed against damage from hauling heavy equipment, lumber, tools, or anything else.

Bedliners are beneficial for retaining value in your pickup and ensuring you keep it looking good and running great. You might not care a lot about how your bed looks. It's a work truck, after all. But protecting your truck bed can strengthen it as well.

Bed Mats

Bed mats have been around for a long time. They were one of the earliest solutions for pick up truck bed protection. It covers the floor of your truck bed, but it doesn't protect the walls or the wheel wells.

These are a great, affordable solution for those who don't carry a lot of cargo and want to keep the cargo they do carry from slipping and sliding around the truck bed while driving. If you don't need to protect your wheel wells or the walls of your bed, then bed mats are perfect.

While bed mats provide only limited protection, you can get them custom molded to fit your truck correctly. They are made from premium rubber and reinforced with a sturdy fiber that provides excellent durability.

The knobby underside of a bed mat promotes airflow and drainage to keep the bed of the truck dry. It doesn't absorb water and is resistant to chemicals like bleach, oil, and battery acid. They provide superior protection but are soft on the knees, making it easy for you to load and unload your cargo.

You can get bed mat varieties that cover the entire bed, including the walls and wheel wells, but they cost more. However, they're a great option if you need that added protection throughout.

Plastic Bed Liners

Plastic liners are still one of the most popular solutions for protecting the entire truck bed.  They come in multiple varieties including polyethylene, polyurethane, and TPO plastic. They offer excellent impact and scratch protection for every aspect of the truck bed. They eliminate water pooling and absorption so your truck bed can withstand the elements.

These types of bed liners typically come molded with patented corners for extra strength and a tailgate liner for total protection. You can order over the rail or under the rail for the level of protection you need.

They offer skid-resistant floors, but they're not as easy on your needs as the carpet-like material of a bed mat. They are easy to install yourself, which saves on cost.

Drop-In Bed Liner

Most trucks come with a drop-in bed liner. They're made of plastic, and they're molded to fit the truck perfectly, but they're secured by drilling holes into the truck bed and fastening them with bolts.

These are practical and cheap, so they're very popular. Many people opt to put these in again and again, even after they've worn out and need to be replaced. They're ideal for working construction because they absorb shock well and protect the bed from bricks, wood, and other debris and materials.

Spray-On Liners

Spray-on liners continue to grow in popularity. They do a great job of preserving the contour of the bed and the natural design of the truck. They prevent scratches and protect the underlying sheet metal from outdoor elements.

A spray-on liner is less rubbery and more durable. It's permanently bonded to the truck and provides a chemical and corrosion resistant layer. When your bed is uncovered, this is the ideal solution because it conforms to the natural shape of the truck and looks very natural.

This is also one of the most expensive solutions but well worth the cost if you are a heavy user of your truck bed. You'll find that you don't have to replace it very often and it provides an excellent layer of protection while keeping the aesthetics of your truck alive.

There are a lot of options you can choose from when shopping for a bed liner for your pickup truck. It depends on your needs, what you use your truck for, what kind of look you want, and how much you're willing to spend.

Southwest Motors in Pueblo, Colorado can get you into the pickup truck of your choice with the bed liner that will work for you. Check out the used pickup truck inventory today.


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