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Blinging up Ikea

Want a designer kitchen but find that too expensive? A number of companies have sprung up, offering stylish "skins" for furnishings with Ikea innards.

Michael Andersen (left) and Jeppe Christensen founded Reform in Copenhagen in late 2014, to plug a hole in the mid-market segment between basic kitchens and bank-account- burning options.

WHEN Alsun Keogh of Nusla Design began renovating a New York City loft for a bachelor last fall, she took him through Manhattan's temples of kitchen design, including the Boffi and Bulthaup showrooms.

They admired the silky glide of drawers and caressed counters and studied design details...

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