4 Steps to Maximize Even the Smallest Garages
We all dream of having a roomy garage with lots of space to store our tools, Christmas decorations, camping gear, and still have enough room to park all of our vehicles comfortably. But sometimes our housing budget doesn’t allow for the garage of our dreams. Just because you end up with a double or, worse, a single-car garage, there are ways to maximize your space, and even, dare we say it, love your garage. How?
Follow these 4 steps to get the most out of your garage space – no matter how limited:
1. Mark the Space for Your Vehicle. Protect that shiny new truck or any other vehicle you keep in the garage if you need to paint a space that can guide you. Then, make sure that you know exactly where to stop so you don’t bump the wall or let the closing door bounce off your bumper. You can use a hanging tennis ball as a marker. You can put a soft “noodle” from the pool on the wall to avoid dings if you go a half-inch too far or open the car door too wide. You can put some blocks or bricks where your tires absolutely, positively have to stop. You can do-it-yourself, or you can shop for items and devices to warn you when to stop online or in a car supply store. Make it safe to park the car and/or truck that needs the protection of the garage.
2. Think Vertically. Use hanging storage from the garage ceiling. Get tall shelves instead of deep shelves. Hang tools. Then, think movable. Putting a work table on wheels allows you to pull out the car and move the worktable to exactly where you want to work. Being able to move things means easier access and easier cleanup. Just roll things out of your way.
3. Map it Out. If there are items that you want to keep in your garage – whether it’s a vehicle or equipment and boxes, get out the measuring tape. Know the size of everything you want in the garage and use a CAD program or drawing program to “move” those items around until you get a good, safe fit. Not comfortable with doing it on the computer? Use graph paper and shapes that are to scale.
4. Move it Out. If you want to protect your vehicle, you might want to invest in a shed. Then, you can move the yard tools and some of the clutter out of the garage and give yourself a little breathing room. It is probably worth the investment.
After completing these four steps, we know you will be enjoying every inch of your garage!
One last tip to keep in mind, even though a small garage may have a small door, but that door is still probably the largest, heaviest moving object in your home. To keep everything – including that beloved car or truck – safe, make sure that the door has a yearly maintenance and safety check from a licensed garage door repair and replacement company. It’s true. Garage doors can fall down on everything and anyone who is in the garage. If they don’t reverse, they can damage an object or a human or a pet. No matter how small your garage – no matter how organized – make sure that a trained technician inspects the door and all its moving parts at least once a year.