Looking for some garage storage solutions? You’re in the right place.
When building a double garage or triple garage (or bigger), most shed companies will simply place the doors in the middle of the front of your garage. It sounds logical, but this approach ends up creating a lot of dead space that you can’t use.
Let’s look at an example. In a kit garage (supplied by other companies) 7.5m wide with 2 roller doors, the doors will be placed in the centre of the front wall, like this:
This approach, however, leaves a lot of unusable space between your cars, with almost no space along the walls. You end up with little (or no) room for a storage cupboard, workbench or even space for your mower, whipper snipper or bikes.
Here’s a little trick we do with a lot of our customers who want a multi-car garage…we often recommend positioning the doors closer together, like this:
In this example, your two cars will share the centre door opening space (as it is rare to have the doors of both cars open at the same time). This gives you significantly more space for storage along both side walls – without increasing the size – or cost – of your shed.
This photo may make this effect easier to visualise:
Here’s another example, this time for a single garage.
In a single garage 4m wide, most shed companies will once again position the door in the middle, like this:
This leaves very little room for storage along the walls and makes it impossible to even get your mower through the door when your car is in the garage. At no extra cost, we can position your roller door to one side which gives you a whole wall of storage, like this:
Again, this is a really simple way to get more usable space out of your garage, without paying a cent more.
This is just the start. Here are 3 more ways to maximise the usable storage space in your garage or shed:
Install open shelves in your garage and shed.
Open shelves are an easy solution for you to store a lot of smaller items in your garage and shed. To build open shelves, you need:
- router + 1/2” bit
- wood glue
- 1-1/4” and 2-1/4” wood screws
- 1” lag bolts
- 1 gallon of paint in desired colour
- (2) 3” rigid casters and (2) 3” swivel casters
- (1) 2×6 x 8’ pine board, 2-1/4” wood screws, and 2-1/4” wood screws
- drill + bits
- ratchet + sockets
- shelf pins
- (4) laminate white shelves
- (2) 3/4” x 1/4” x 8’ pine screen bead casing
- shelf liner roll
- brad nail gun
- cabinet pull
- metal file drawer tags
- 3/16” drill bit
All those materials are optional depending on the size of your garage or shed, and your desired shelf size and features. Open shelving could help you organise your items while also keeping everything dry and safe from mold. In turn, it will save you a fortune to avoid having to replace damaged tools or materials.
Use overhead space
If the sides of your garage or sheds have been occupied, overhead storage space could be the answer. However, this will also mean that you will have a lower clearance space between the roof and your car when parking it inside your garage, so be certain to measure correctly first.
Positioning your car efficiently
Parking your car in the exact middle point of your garage and shed seems the easiest thing to do, but if you can park your car closer to the side wall, you will be surprised to see the extra usable space you have. If you have two or more vehicles, park them as close as possible to one another.
For more tips like this — or to design your own ideal garage or shed — please get in touch for a Free Design and Quote Session with one of our shed experts.