What Size Carport do I Need?

24X26X9 CarportWhen calculating the size of the carport you need, you must consider several factors. Here are some tips on what to measure and account for when determining the right size carport:

1. Number and Types of Vehicles: The first thing to consider is the number and type of vehicles you plan on housing in the carport. Here are some rough estimates:

  • Small cars can generally fit in a space that’s 12 feet wide by 20 feet long.
  • Mid-size vehicles, like SUVs and pickup trucks, may need a space that’s 14 feet wide by 22- feet long.
  • Large vehicles, like RVs, require even more space. An average size for a single RV carport is around 16 feet wide by 36 feet long.

These estimates can vary depending on the specific models of your vehicles. So, be sure to measure your vehicles for a more accurate estimate.

2. Vehicle Height: The height of your vehicles is just as important. Most cars will fit under a carport with a clearance of 7 feet, while larger vehicles like SUVs and trucks might need 8 or 9 feet. An RV might require a clearance of 12 to 16 feet, depending on the model. For farm equipment, it varies greatly based on the type of machinery, so be sure to measure this as well.

3. Other Items: If you plan on storing other items, such as lawn equipment, bicycles, or outdoor gear, be sure to account for this as well. You might want to add an extra couple of feet in length or width to accommodate these.

4. Access and Maneuverability: Consider the space required to open vehicle doors fully or move around the vehicle when it is parked in the carport. You might need to add a few extra feet to ensure that you have enough space to move around comfortably.

5. Future Needs: You might consider future-proofing your carport by making it slightly larger than your current needs dictate. This would help accommodate larger vehicles or additional items you might acquire in the future.

What Size Carport You Need

Once you’ve gathered all these measurements and considered your needs, you’ll be able to determine the size of the carport you require. Remember, it’s always better to err on the side of caution and go slightly larger if you’re unsure. A little extra space won’t hurt, but a carport that’s too small will quickly become frustrating.

Keen’s buildings offers carports in a multitude of sizes to fit your needs. Contact a carport specialist or visit our online carport builder to design your own carport to fit your needs.

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