# Is 12 by 20 feet garage big enough for today's cars?

My house that I am moving in was built in 1950s. It has garage which 12 by 20 feet but I measure the length and the exact measurements are 11.4 inches (internal width) and 20.4 inches (internal length). I haven't measured the gate myself but it's probably 7 or 8 ft.

So I was entering toyota sienna for the first time and I could barely enter it. It was a lot of work. I just had an inch or two on each side and that was too much work. I end up not parking there.

My question, would you park in garage this tight? I do have a drive way which is a lot convenient but garage is nice for those bad weather days! Should I abandon the idea of parking Sienna in it?

I am trying to figure out how to best use the garage space and I want to install 2 ft deep cabinets for storage. That leaves 18 ft for a car. Is that enough for average size sedans?

Has anyone gone through similar situation? I would appreciate an advice. Needless to say there some nice sales already going on cabinets but I am also worrying if it would make my garage not usable for any car?

• How small do you think cars were in the 50's? A 1955 Cadillac Eldorado Seville for example was over 18' long and almost 7' wide. It was bigger than a Hummer H3 in every dimension except height. – Comintern Nov 11 '15 at 4:22

• Did you mean to say at the end "easier to have it be a car space than not" – zar Nov 11 '15 at 20:42