The second chapter of the book describes the bunkhouse. According to the book, the bunkhouse was a long rectangular building that was sparsely decorated. And in the bunkhouse there were eight beds along with shelves, where the men kept their personal belongings. Here is how Steinbeck describes the place.
Against the walls were eight bunks, five of them made up with blankets and the other three showing their burlap ticking. Over each bunk there was nailed an apple box with the opening forward so that it made two shelves for the personal belongings of the occupant of the bunk.