A mattress can be shipped by a moving or shipping company after it is properly wrapped, boxed and secured. Mattresses are usually shipped inside of plastic wrapping made from durable plastic material. Additionally, a mattress may be placed inside a special mattress box, or between layers of plywood or cardboard.
The best way to ensure a mattress is protected during shipping is to bag and box it. Bagging is done by placing the entire mattress inside of a large bag made from 2- to 4-inch thick polyurethane plastic. There is usually extra room inside the bag to add additional protective padding. For instance, a mattress can be wrapped inside of a thick blanket, or old sheets, before placing it inside the bag. Packing foam is another type of material used to fill up any empty spaces, which prevents the mattress from shifting.
Boxing involves obtaining a mattress box from a source that sells moving supplies. It's important to measure the mattress first, so that the correct box size is purchased. Instead of a box, 1/4-inch thick plywood boards create an impenetrable protective layer for one or both sides of the mattress. Another option is to leave the mattress attached to the bed frame, wrapping and securing both the mattress and the frame to a wooden pallet before shipping.