Or, you can create your own DIY bass trap. While this may seem like an extremely difficult project, it actually isn’t. But, you do need the right type of material. Generally the breakdown of materials are as follows:
- Four Corner Braces or Bead
- Breathable Fabric
- Mineral Fiber
- Staple gun and staples
You need to brace the corners of your bass trap. Depending on what’s cheaper will determine if you use corner braces or bead. The corner braces are usually sold in packs of two for about $2 a piece. But, sometimes, you can get 8 foot lengths of bead for about the same price. The major difference between the braces and the bead is that the bead runs the entire length of the bass trap. And, the braces just brace the corners of the item.
You can use nearly anything for the frame of your bass trap. Since lumber (8 feet long) is readily available, that’s what most people use. Depending on the size of the bass trap, you’re looking at between $20 and $30 for the lumber. You can use nearly any type of breathable fabric for your trap. Blow on the fabric, and see if it has some resistance. If it does, use it. You can get some pretty cheap fabric from fabric stores. Just go to the clearance section, and get about ½ to 1 yard of fabric. You can often get this for about $2 to $5 per yard.
The most expensive part of your project is the mineral fiber, which costs between $50 and $100. You need a thickness of at least 4 inches. But, it may be cheaper to purchase two 2-inch thick boards. Check the prices. Make your decision between Owens Corning 703, Rockwool (6 lbs per cubic foot) or semi-rigid fiberglass insulation boards (3 lbs per cubic foot). Overall, the project should cost you about $100 to $150 depending on how much the materials cost.