Even the most organized garage can be a major pain if it’s too tiny to comfortably fit a couple of cars. Getting in and out of your garage with ease is crucial to its efficiency, but when the space doesn’t allow it, parking can be incredibly frustrating. Sometimes the garage is too short, sometimes it’s too shallow, and sometimes it’s too narrow, but whatever your struggle, we’ve got a solution. Check them out:
Hang a tennis ball on a string
This may be the oldest trick in the book, but it’s for good reason. A tennis ball hanging on a string serves as a visual marker that tells you exactly where you should stop the car. It makes sure that you’ve gotten your car far enough inside your garage that you can close the door, but it also makes sure you’re not so far in that you can’t get to your garage cabinets. Tennis balls are soft enough that they won’t damage your car, but not so flimsy that you won’t know you’ve hit one.
Another option if you’re not into the aesthetic of a tennis ball? A wine cork.
Clear the floors
When you’ve got a tight garage, there is very little space on the floors, and it can be easy to accidentally run over that new set of skis or expensive bike pump. The best thing you can do to make sure you don’t have any mishaps? Get as much stuff off the floor and into your garage wall storage as possible.
Fold in your rearview mirrors
If garage width is your problem, folding in your rearview mirrors can help significantly. You’ll be able to get closer to the wall or other cars in the garage without accidentally doing your mirrors (and your car’s paint job and serious damage.
Install wall guards
Sometimes opening doors in narrow garages like this can give you trouble, however. If you’re constantly dinging the wall, it’s a good idea to invest in a little protection. Many companies make wall guards in a variety of colors just for this reason. Simply adhere a strip to the wall where you open your door and voila! No more dings.
Use bumper guards
If you don’t have garage cabinets on the wall right in front of your parking spots, bumper guards are a great way to stop yourself from nicking the wall. They work just like side wall guards.
Oftentimes, the most difficult part of a small garage is backing out, especially if you have to fold in your rearview mirrors. To make it a little easier on yourself, you can add round mirrors to the far wall of your garage to do the mirror work for you. These are also great for making sure there are no kids or pets playing the driveway while you do it!