Whilst visiting the Taste Living (Hacker kitchen) showroom at Brookvale recently, I had the opportunity to witness a sliding benchtop in action.
Dubbed the Double Flybridge, this sliding benchtop sits on top of the kitchen island cabinets and effortlessly slides apart to reveal an induction cooktop as well as a sink and pop up tap.
I have never seen a sliding kitchen benchtop before and I have to say that I was quite amazed. The benchtop was approximately 3000mm in length by 900mm in depth and was made of engineered stone. You can just imagine how heavy this stone benchtop would be. However, I could quite easily slide it forwards and backwards.
The technology to slide the benchtop in and out is patented. It slides smoothly and does not scratch the benchtop in any way. There is a safety mechanism incorporated into the sliding componentry that will stop the benchtop part of the way into its travel as a reminder to make sure that you have pushed the kitchen tap downwards below the benchtop.
The kitchen island is 900mm deep and has cabinetry at the back of it giving the consumer added flexibility and functionality. When the sliding benchtop is in its fully closed position it allows easy access to the cabinet storage at the back of the island. When the bench top slides out to its fully open position it provides extra seating and eating area.