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Old 08-16-2010, 12:10 PM   #1
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Simple Sleeping Platform: Cheap Works Great

After hours of research on various styles of sleeping platforms, I decided to try something very simple. Using the factory notches cut out in the 2nd Gen Tacoma bed liner......lay 2 2x6's in these notches, cut 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood, staple on carpet....done. It looks great, is very sturdy, there isn't a single screw, and the entire contraption pops in or out of the bed in less than 1 minute. Total cost: $75.

Here are a few photos.

Hope this helps anyone looking for a quick and easy elevated platform.

Cheers.
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:13 PM   #2
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wish my 1st gen had cut outs like the 2nd gens do. this would be a good idea for a bed tent too. good job
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Old 08-16-2010, 12:19 PM   #4
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Nice setup!


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wish my 1st gen had cut outs like the 2nd gens do. this would be a good idea for a bed tent too. good job
My 1st Gen has cutouts for the 2 x 6's. I currently have 2 x 4's in them to keep shit from sliding around. You must not have the cheap plastic bedliner that came in these things.
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Looks good. I bet that is the most comfortable place to sleep as well.
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I think I will make one of those myself. That is a great design.
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sweet thats for the pics
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What are these cut outs your talking about?
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After hours of research on various styles of sleeping platforms, I decided to try something very simple. Using the factory notches cut out in the 2nd Gen Tacoma bed liner......lay 2 2x6's in these notches, cut 2 pieces of 3/4" plywood, staple on carpet....done. It looks great, is very sturdy, there isn't a single screw, and the entire contraption pops in or out of the bed in less than 1 minute. Total cost: $75.

Here are a few photos.

Hope this helps anyone looking for a quick and easy elevated platform.

Cheers.
2 2x6's? Did you stack one on top of the other? I thought there was just one on each wheel well to lay one board across?
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One 2x6 spanning the width of the bed, each resting on the factory cutout....no stacking. The cutouts are a strange size....they are bit wider than 6" and not quite deep enough for the 2x6 to sit flush with the wheel well. Not sure what Toyota exactly had in mind. Either way....the setup still works great.

I think some of the original 2nd gen Tacos might not have these notches.......not positive about that.
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Nice setup!




My 1st Gen has cutouts for the 2 x 6's. I currently have 2 x 4's in them to keep shit from sliding around. You must not have the cheap plastic bedliner that came in these things.
cheap factory one. i also have the double cab so my bed is shorter as well
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Great idea! I'm thinking of doing something like this for hauling things....Thanks!
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truck bed

Great idea...just don't fly straight up out of bed to fast!

Its that abrupt stop that might suck!
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One 2x6 spanning the width of the bed, each resting on the factory cutout....no stacking. The cutouts are a strange size....they are bit wider than 6" and not quite deep enough for the 2x6 to sit flush with the wheel well. Not sure what Toyota exactly had in mind. Either way....the setup still works great.

I think some of the original 2nd gen Tacos might not have these notches.......not positive about that.
I use treated pine deck boards - they are a full 1" thick and fit flush, though the nominal 6" width is still not wide enough.
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Old 08-17-2010, 05:56 PM   #17
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Great job, though you must be short as I don't even fit in my dscb with the tailgate down. You mind snapping a picture with just the boards in place. I think that might clear up a little of the confusion.
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Nice job man!
I sleep in the back of my truck whenever we go to the race track or camping. I don't get why my buds drive their trucks to the site and then go through the extra work of setting up tents to sleep on rock hard ground. With the cap and a blow up mattress I'm very comfortable, dry, off the ground, hard shell against animals etc....
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Nice idea!

Might do something similar.
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Nice. I have always wondered if you couls fit some plywood on the bed rails and make a bed that way. With some extra support on it of course,
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