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Ultra Lightweight Bass Traps for Ceiling
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August 9, 2021 - 8:05 am

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I just moved into a new apartment and I’ve hung about 14 bass traps on my walls and in the corners. The walls and ceiling are plaster and I really don’t want to put any holes in the ceiling. I’m wondering if there are any products on the market or DIY solutions for an ultra lightweight bass trap that I can hang from the ceiling. I would need it to me light enough for four 3M Command hooks to hold. Any ideas or suggestions?

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August 9, 2021 - 11:13 am
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If you are hanging “bass traps” from your ceiling, they are not “bass traps”. To absorb the 50 – 70 Hz. issue exhibited by today’s 8′ ceiling heights, you need to have a panel depth of at least 8″. To manage that frequency and amplitude of issue, you will need a panel that weighs at least 100 lbs.

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August 9, 2021 - 12:09 pm

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Thank you for the reply!

The ceilings are 9′ 6″ high. The panels I have up on the walls right now are 6″ thick with a 2″ air gap. They probably weight around 15-20lbs each and are too heavy to hang from a plaster ceiling.

Forget I said “bass traps”. I just have a bare ceiling and was wondering if there’s anything at all possible I could hang without nails or screws that would make an overall difference. Not just in the low end. My biggest problem right now is around the 120hz area but I’m also having dips and peaks between 700hz and 2k.

Since the actual insulation itself is so incredibly light I was thinking there might be a way to do this. The wood seems to be the majority of the weight in these things.

Not saying this would work but supposed the frame were made from styrofoam instead of wood? With just 4inches of insulation and wrapped in burlap it could be light enough to hang without nailing or screwing into the plaster.

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