Choosing a skip size for your garage clearance

If your garage needs decluttering, you’re not alone — nearly six million garages in the UK are so packed with junk they can’t even accommodate a car.

Among the most frequent culprits contributing to this clutter are DIY tools, gardening equipment, furniture, bicycles, scooters, footwear, and camping gear.

If this situation resonates with you, and you’re eager to reclaim your garage for its intended purpose or a new one, it’s time to embark on a garage clearance mission.

Hiring a skip is one of the most efficient methods to tackle this task. Join us as we navigate your skip-hire options and determine the best fit for your project.

Make a plan

When you have a clutter-free garage, it’s an extra room that can be used for whatever you want.

Garages aren’t just for storing junk and cars — many people now use them as extra rooms for home gyms, offices, and other small business pursuits.

Before beginning your garage clearance, consider your final goal and bear that in mind as you get on with the task. Remember why you’re clearing the space and what you’ll use it for instead.

Head to Pinterest for décor inspiration for your new space — this may also motivate you to get started.

Choosing a suitable skip size

When you’ve made a plan and decided on a date to start your garage project, it’s time to consider your skip-hire requirements.

We have various skip options suitable for all your garage clearance needs, which you can hire for three days or three weeks — however long your garage decluttering takes.

Once hired, your skip can be filled with garage waste or renovation materials depending on your clearance needs and whether you’ll transform your garage into an alternative space.

We’ve got you covered with skip sizes from four to 35 yards, so any amount of waste can be dealt with easily.

Our guide will help you decide which skip will be best for your needs. If you’re still unsure, please contact our friendly team, who can assess your requirements and recommend the right skip.

Midi skip hire

If you’ve got plenty of garage waste to dispose of, a midi skip is likely your ideal option. This skip is suitable for both domestic and commercial use.

Capacity and dimensions

  • Four cubic yards
  • 2200mm length x 1500mm width x 1000mm height
  • Approximately 40-45 bin bags

Maxi skip hire

Our maxi skip is larger than the midi skip. It’s nicknamed the builder’s skip due to its popularity within the construction industry.

The maxi skip is perfect for large garage clearance projects thanks to its generous capacity and ability to handle heavy loads. Consider this skip size if you plan to renovate your garage after decluttering — or transform the garden space around it.

Capacity and dimensions

  • Eight cubic yards
  • 3050mm length x 1650mm width x 1270mm height
  • Approximately 80-90 bin bags

Jumbo skip hire

Jumbo skips are precisely what you might imagine them to be.

These skips are enormous and ideal for bulky but light waste, including wood or metal from old furniture and other household waste you may have stored in the garage.

This option is unsuitable for heavy waste.

Capacity and dimensions

  • 14-16 cubic yards
  • 4300mm length x 1750mm width x 1750mm height
  • Approximately 100-200 bin bags

Roll-on roll-off skip hire

Often used on demolition sites, our roll-on roll-off skips are available in various sizes depending on your requirements. This incredibly robust option enables large amounts of waste to be quickly sorted and removed from site.

Capacity and dimensions

  • 20-35 cubic yards

Enclosed skip hire

We supply a range of enclosed skips, which are lockable and perfect if you’re concerned about neighbours adding to your waste or rummaging through it. The closed top can be a great preventative.

Common garage waste

Common garage waste can range from paint cans to old bikes and electronic items like TVs and refrigerators. You should sort it into two piles — one to throw in the skip and one to sell or donate to charity.

As the waste can vary so much, it helps to know what you can and can’t put in your skip.

Accepted garage waste

  • Plastic furniture: Storing old garden furniture can take up lots of room, especially if you put it away for winter and never get it back out again. If you no longer use it, throw it into your skip.
  • Metal: Furniture tends to have metal components, so you’ll be glad to know all metal materials can be disposed of within your skip — including metal shelving.
  • Newspapers/magazines: Old newspapers and magazines are easily recyclable materials you can put in our skips.
  • Clothing and workwear: Textiles and fabrics like old clothes and workwear you no longer use can easily be disposed of.
  • Glassware: Old glass bowls and tumblers typically get stored in the garage when glassware is upgraded in the kitchen. Recycle them via your skip.
  • Toys and games: If the kids have flown the nest and no longer want their old toys and games, make some room by disposing of these items in our skips.
  • Fridges and freezers: An old fridge or freezer may take up a lot of space in your garage. As it’s WEEE waste, we can accept it for an extra charge — just let us know beforehand.

Restricted garage waste

  • Paint tins: To prevent spillages, paint tins must be empty before being placed in your skip.
  • Liquid oils and chemicals: This waste type can cause hazardous spillages, so we can’t accept these in our skips. Instead, arranging a specialist collection or disposal service would be best.
  • Old tyres: Old rubber tyres are common in garages but aren’t accepted in our skip-hire collection. If you’re disposing of old bicycles, remove the tyres before placing the frame in your skip.

These are examples of our accepted and restricted items. If you’re still unsure, check our guide for what you can put in a skip.

Hiring the right skip size for your garage clearance can save you hassle. Overloading a skip can be dangerous and cost you more money, so hiring the right size is crucial.

If the cost of skip-hire is an issue during the cost of living crisis, we’ve collated plenty of tips on how to cut the cost.