Bass Traps: A Solution for Neighbor's Noise?

We were recently reading a forum where a man was asking for help in dampening the bass noise coming from his neighbor's apartment. We know (from experience, unfortunately) that bass can be one of the hardest noises to block, as it resonates and moves through the walls themselves. You can feel the noise. One commenter suggested something we'd never heard of: Bass traps.

Apparently they're an acoustic tool made for manipulating bass noise in a studio environment. Any idea whether they would work in the home? We, fortunately, no longer live near those bass-loving neighbors. But we know plenty of people who are bothered by bass and would love to put a real solution out there for them. Any acoustic or music pros out there who know more about bass traps and can vouch for their efficacy in the home?

Read the original discussion we stumbled upon over at Yelp: How to dampen sound (bass) to a neighbor's shared wall in a place i own.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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