A small garage definitely makes it a challenge for a homeowner to get a satisfying level of functionality out of their space.
The constraints of a small garage don’t necessarily mean you have to make compromises with either of a garage’s two primary functions, however.
Parking and storage in a small garage are two functions that can co-exist – it just takes a little more ingenuity to make things work efficiently.
To get the most out of your garage’s limited square footage, use these small garage ideas and tips.
Exactly how small is a small garage?
By most people’s standards, the definition of a “small garage” would be a garage that holds either one or two vehicles. A 1.5-car garage size, which is less common, would also qualify.
But just because a small garage’s description says it’s meant to hold one or two vehicles doesn’t necessarily mean those vehicles can fit in the space comfortably.
The garage’s actual dimensions, the sizes of vehicles, and the contents inside a garage also need to be taken into account.
Common 1-car garage sizes range from 12 feet wide by 20 feet deep to 16 feet wide by 24 feet deep. That ranges from 240 to 384 square feet (calculated using the room’s interior dimensions).
2-car garages typically range from 18 feet wide by 20 feet deep to 24 feet wide by 24 feet deep (360 to 576 square feet).
Older 1 and 2-car garages are often smaller than the same types of garages that are built in new homes today. One reason is that back then, having a covered space for a parked vehicle was the main priority and less consideration was given to using the garage as a home storage space.
1-car garages in old homes are also more common because families typically only owned a single vehicle in the 50s, 60s, and 70s.
It doesn’t help that vehicles keep getting bigger
When you look at some older small garages, it makes you wonder how the large vehicles from a few decades ago ever fit inside them.
That’s something to consider these days in relation to your garage’s size because vehicles just keep getting bigger.
The growing sizes of cars, SUVs, vans, and pickup trucks is largely due to relatively low fuel prices and consumer demand for vehicles with lots of convenient features.
That can leave little room to spare when parking inside a small garage. Here are some small garage ideas that will help make things easier for you.
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