Choosing a Truck Bed Cover for Your Pickup Truck

Selecting the right truck bed cover for your truck can be a difficult process. Truck bed covers come in a wide variety of styles and can be made from different materials. They could be retractable, folding, tri-folding, rolling, snap-side and more. Not sure which is best for your unique truck and hauling needs? As the trusted name in truck bed covers for Chicagoland, the professionals at The Truck Shop are here to help you select the right one for you. Here are some important tips to keep in mind:

LEER SR250- Soft Rolling Cover


Whichever truck bed cover you choose, it will help protect items in the bed of the truck from nasty weather and prying eyes. They also make a truck look sleek and professional. Soft or hard locking covers are great for keeping your items safe when you have to make more than one stop, and for keeping your tools, equipment and gear safe while stored in the bed of your commercial truck. 

With truck bed covers, instead of the rain and snow falling into the bed and rusting over time, the rain stays out, significantly decreasing the chances that the bed rusts out. Depending on the cover, it may even help reduce gas mileage. Some have noticed a marked difference in fuel economy when they install a truck bed cover on their truck.


Soft truck bed covers may roll or fold up from the tailgate toward the cab. Some lock and some do not. And, some are installed permanently and some are installed temporarily. The type you choose really depends on whether or not you want the capability to easily remove the cover, if you want it to be only partially accessible at times and other factors. For example, if you need the cover to protect items you store from bad weather but easily accessible for hauling landscaping materials, then you’ll likely want a retractable cover. You may also want a cover that has storage straps and buckles to secure the cover in an open position.


While many truck bed covers look similar, they come in different materials that offer a variety of different benefits. For example, the Ricochet XRT’s retractable, heavy-gauge aluminum panels with tough, powder-coated matte-surface offers extra protection against damage while proving an easily accessible truck bed. And, The Extang 2.0 tri-fold cover has an automotive grade polymer finish to help resist dents, scratches, and UV fading.

As you can see, there are many different materials and types to choose from when it comes to truck bed covers. We are here to help you find the right one for your truck! To learn more about the truck bed covers we carry for Chicagoland, call us at The Truck Shop, Inc. at 847-455-2233, or you can contact us to get a Free Estimate.