I have an Ikea bed made from some type of particle board. As shown below, the main rail running on one side from the head to the foot of the bed has cracked.
Of course, the usual advice for such "disposable" furniture is just to dump it, but currently I can't afford to do this and need to fix the bed I have for a low cost.
What's a reasonable way to do this? I'm thinking a piece of wood running parallel to the frame over the crack (flat part on flat part), attached with 4 screws on both ends? Or perhaps bolts straight through both pieces of wood with nuts and washers. I am not particularly concerned about the aesthetics of the fix.
The bed is very low to the ground, so a collapse is not a serious matter (but I'd prefer it doesn't happen).
I have basic tools (drill, hand saw) but nothing fancy.
The crack, which occurred at a screw point for the metal rail (I'll move this screw):
The other side:
The full rails:
End-on view showing the type of wood: