Reno Mattress is a mattress shaped container manufactured from heavily galvanized wire to form a flexible and effective surface protection to defend against erosion and scouring. The flexible wire mesh will accommodate significant deformation without failure. The base and sides of the mattress are made of a single sheet of wire mesh (main panel). Partition panels (diaphragms) are made of the same wire mesh as the main panel and are attached to the base of the main panel dividing the gabion mattress into 3 foot cells. The lid is formed either by a single sheet or in rolls of a specified length from the same wire as is in the main panel.
Reno mattresses are usually used to protect the walls of channels, retaining walls on slopes, landscape construction, protect the pipelines, regulation of river channels, strengthening of the banks, soil stabilization, flood protection. To protect against erosion, sea shores and bottom of the grid used mattresses with PVC coating in conjunction with geotextile.