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 take 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.
The tips do not stop there. We have more tips for you to reveal more spaces so you could store more in your sheds. These tips can be applied both in your garage and shed:
Put open shelves in garage and shed
Open shelves could be a solution for you to store a lot of smaller items in your garage and shed. You can build it yourself or call a carpenter service. To build an 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 color
- (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 and shed, and your desired shelf size and feature. Open shelves could help you organise your stuff and keep everything dry and away from mold. It will lengthen your stuff life and save you a fortune for buying damaged tools or materials.
Use overhead space
Similar to open shelves, overhead space could help you store more stuff inside your garage or sheds. If the sides of your garage or sheds have been occupied, overhead space storage could be the answer. However, since you put more storage space above your head, it means that you will have a lower safe distance with your roof. Make sure that you did not put anything above your car before parking it inside your garage.
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 at the usable space you have.
Practice yourself before you do this to avoid bumped into the walls. Also make sure that the passengers are off the vehicle before you park it inside your garage, or they will have a hard time going out. 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.