What Is the Size of a Standard Garage Door?

Do you need to have a new door for your garage? Maybe you are building a garage and believe that you need to get a standard-size door. What does this mean though? How large is a standard garage door?

This is a trick question because there is no such thing as a standard door.

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Strange as it might sound, it’s true. There isn’t a standard door. Of course, some sizes are more common than others. Still, you can’t simply head out and think that you can ask for a standard door and get what you need.

What do you think a standard door looks like? A lot of people assume that it’s a white door with three windows that is about 8’ by 7’. Of course, what some people picture as standard will not be what other people picture. If you’ve always had a two-car garage, you might imagine a much larger door. Maybe a different color, too. There is no “standard” or norm today.

Although it might be easier if there were just one size garage door, that’s not the way things work.

People have different needs when it comes to sizes, styles, and colors. There’s a multitude of options available today. It can seem like a difficult job to know whether you are getting the right door or not. It doesn’t have to be so difficult, though. We can help you figure out what you need.

The most common widths are:

  • 8’
  • 9’
  • 10’
  • 12’
  • 14’
  • 16’

The most common heights are 7’ and 8’.

Keep these dimensions in mind when you are making your decision.

Picture of gorgeous double garage door. This is a Moderno Multi garage door design, 16' x 7', in Black color, with Azur windows.

This is a beautiful double-door garage. It is a Moderno Multi design, 16’ x 7’, Black, with Azur windows.

Buying Your Garage Door: What to Consider

How are you going to choose the right size? Will you determine it based on your previous door, or are you constructing a new garage?

If you need to have a door for a garage that’s already built, you’ll find some great tools from us that will help you figure out what’s best. Keep in mind that you need to know the space available in your garage to install the tracks to lift the door, so the door will open properly. There are different types of lifts. We can help you find what you need if you aren’t sure.

For those building a new garage, you need to determine how the garage will be used. This can give you a better idea of just how wide the door should be.

Regarding Vehicles, How Do You Plan to Use Your Garage?

What’s going to be happening in your garage? Are you going to use it as a gym? An office? Will you be parking a single car in the garage or two? Do you have other vehicles that need to be in the garage?

If you’re only going to be putting a single car in the garage, the width can be between 7’and 10’ wide. Keep in mind that even though 7’will work, it may be a bit of a tight fit. Getting something a bit wider tends to be a better option.

If you have a larger vehicle, you will also want to have a wider garage door. We can make doors in a wide range of sizes. They can be as small as 4’ for a shed or up to 20’.

A tool to help you choose the best garage door size depending on the size of the vehicles you own.

Keep in mind that the door can only be as wide as the garage. You can’t have a door that’s wider than your garage. However, two garages that are the same size could have different-sized doors. Some might prefer a smaller door for their garage, for example.

Typically, the width of a single door will be between 7’ and 12’. Double garage doors will be from 14’ to 20’.

Those who want to have two vehicles parked in the garage will need to choose a wide door. You will need to have at least 16’. Going smaller might be possible if you have small vehicles, but it’s not usually a good idea. You want to have a little extra space, so you can get in and out easily when both vehicles are inside.

Of course, you might want even more space. Remember, our doors can have a width up to 20’.

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Knowing that you need a wider door for two cars will still present you with another decision to make. Should you choose just one 16’double garage door, or should you opt for two 8’ doors instead?

There are pros and cons to both. If you have just one door and it isn’t working properly for one reason or another, it could mean that it’s harder to get your vehicle out. You could be late for an appointment or work. If you have two doors, you could get out using the other door.

Of course, even though the price for the doors will be about the same, there is the added cost of the door openers to consider. If you have two garage doors, this means you will need to have two garage door opening systems.

A picture of a small garage door for a shed. This garage door is a Grooved Design, 6' x 7', Ice White color, with Clear windows.

This is a nice little shed garage door. It is a Grooved design, 6' x 7', Ice White, with Clear windows.

Remember that we make small doors, too. They can be a nice option for a shed or another outbuilding. Getting a small door that’s between 4’and 6’ wide could be just what you need.

LiftMaster Garage Door Openers

Garage doors are heavy, and if your system is not balanced properly, it will be difficult to get the door open and closed safely. Your best option is to have a professional take care of the installation and maintain the door for you. They can even install an electric door opener to make opening and closing easier.

LiftMaster is a well-known brand, and you will find some great models available. One of the top options is the LiftMaster 87504-267. It is Wi-Fi connected, and you can control it and monitor it from anywhere that you have a connection to the web. They are solid, secure systems, and can even protect against burglars. If the door detects that someone is trying to force it open, it will push in the other direction, keeping your home and garage safe.

Explore all the garage door openers available.

Design Is Important

Getting the right size is important. We can help with this and provide you with a perfectly sized door. Weatherstripping will help to ensure any small gaps are filled between the walls and the door and will provide better insulation.

All of our doors are custom-made, so you don’t have to pay extra to get the size that you need.

However, you should be aware that the design that you like might not always fit with the size you need. Different sized doors can have the same pattern, but the space between the pattern and the sides of the door will differ. You will want to be sure that you get a design that works well with the size you need.

It’s easy when you test your size and model preferences using the free Design Centre app.

You’ll Find the Perfect Garage Door Style

Your door needs to function properly, and it needs to look great. After all, it takes up a lot of the front of your home, so you want it to be impressive.

Check out the various designs. We have doors separated into 3 main styles: Traditional, Modern, and Carriage House. You will find plenty of options in each of these categories.

Take some time to discuss with one of our experts at Midway Garage Doors your specific needs and desires. If you already have an idea of what might work for you, ask for a free quotation through email.

You want to have the right door for your home and neighborhood. We can help you find the perfect solution that works with your tastes and budget. Contact us at 1-866-573-3667.

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