A trunk storage system that follows the KISS(Keep It Simple, Stupid) principle.

Project Goals

  1. 2 tiered storage system
  2. Strong enough to hold heavy equipment and water
  3. Easily removable, can be left in for EDC equipment and hide under the trunk cover
  4. Cheap
  5. Fast to build

Project Measurements

  • 48″W
  • 36″D(based on height, back seats recline)
  • ~15.5″H

Tools & Materials

  • Drill/Driver
  • Pocket hole jig
  • Saw
  • Single piece of 4’x8’x3/4″ sanded plywood ($35)
  • Anchor points (2 packs of 4, $4.99/each)
  • 1″ Kreg Pocket Screws
  • 4 Turnbuckles ($2/each)

Instructions

  1. Cut plywood
    1. 1x 48″x36″
    2. 2x 36″x14.5″ or 15″
    3. (optional) 1x 48x 15.5 to put across the back for additional bracing/hiding spot
  2. Measure inside dimensions of wheel weels. Mine were 35″
  3. Mark underside of 48″x36″ outside lines at width from step 2
  4. Use pocket hole jig to drill holes into 2x 36″x14.5″ pieces
  5. Use 1″ Kreg Pocket Screws to mount 36″x14.5″ pieces to the 48″x36″ sheet
  6. Install into vehicle
  7. Mark Positions for anchor points/turnbuckle attachments
  8. Install Anchor points on sides, and top to secure loads
  9. Final Install

How to build a KISS principle trunk storage solution

The KISS principle stands for Keep It Simple, Stupid. This idea can be expanded on later to add drawers, shelves, or any other matter of options. For under $50, this solved all of my current problems with my 4Runner for the camping and overlanding trips I take it on. This build is very simple, and hopefully you find the information here useful. Stop procrastinating(like I did for 4 years) and just build it! It’s less than $50!

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