The buunkhouse is described as a very bare, stripped down environment. It is a rough environment that offers no comfort, no privacy and little more than the basic necessities needed for a bare and simple existence.
"There were small square windows, the bunks were made up with burlap ticking. Over each bunk there was nailed an apple box with the opening forward so that it made two shelves for the belongings of the occupant of the bunk." (Steinbeck)
Very plain with "white washed" walls and an "unpainted" floor, the setting mirrors how basic the character's lives are.
Represents the spot where conflict is most evident. Cruelty,violence and jealousy all arise here.