The dimensions of an one car and a two car garage

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Garages are generally used to store in one, two or even three cars and as storage spaces for tools, bicycles, woods, etc. When it comes to the issue of best garage size or standard measurements the opinions differ. In fact, the ideal garage size depends on three major factors: Car size, storage needs, working in the garage.

Car dimensions:

The dimensions of a car, especially, the car length vary significantly between several models. However, the width is more standard, since all vehicles have to drive in the same lanes. According to the book "Architect's data" by Ernst & Peter Neufert (p. 437) the standard car size is, length=4.50m X width=1.80m. In practice, most cars are longer and wider than these measurements so, in the following examples we have considered an average car size of 4,70m to 1,90m. 

To find the best garage for your car, add to the width of the car a clearance of 2’-6’’ to 2’-7’’ (76cm to 80cm). This clearance is necessary for circulation between vehicles, and between vehicles and other obstacles. 

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Minimum garage size for one car (car dimensions 1,90x4,70m)

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Minimum garage size for two cars (car dimensions 1,90x4,70m)

However, if the cars are shorter or if you park them closer to the entrances then you have a storage space at the wall opposite to the garage door. 

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Extra storage in the garage 

Garages are places were people store things, like the lawn motor, bicycles, tools, woods, old books or even an extra freezer. You can built large shelves around the garage to store all these items. However, the size of the garage should be considerably larger. 

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Garage for one car with storage shelves. In the corner, you can store a large object, a freezer for example. 

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Garage for two cars with storage shelves at the three walls. In the corner, you can store a large object, a freezer for example. 

With a workbench

Garages, not only store cars in but also funtion as workspaces for woodworking and other crafts. In this case, it is practical to built a large workbench at the wall opposite the entrance. 

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