# How to increase the vertical space between two “touching” tables?

I skimmed Can't generate vertical space between tables but am looking for sth slightly different: I don't really want to keep the tables together necessarily - I'm happy to let LaTeX (or whoever for that matter :) decide. But iff they are to appear together, then I'd want some extra space. As I'm using threeparttable, a make-shift solution could be to just use a "blind" footnote, but I'd imagine someone can come up with sth far more elegant than that...

MWE:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tabulary}
\usepackage{threeparttable}
\usepackage{array}
\usepackage{siunitx}
\usepackage{booktabs}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\renewcommand{\arraystretch}{1.2}

\begin{document}

\lipsum[1]

\begin{table}
\begin{threeparttable}
\caption{this is my first table's captive caption}
% \begin{tabulary}{\textwidth}{*{8}{L}}
% \begin{tabulary}{\textwidth}{*{2}{L}*{6}{S[table-format=3.2]}} \toprule
\begin{tabulary}{\textwidth}{@{}*{2}{L}*{6}{S[table-format=3.2]}@{}} \toprule
× & TOTALLY & {1000} & {2000} & {3000} & {4000} & {5000} & {6000\tnote{1}}\\ \midrule
DDD 1 & 47.6 & 29.1 & 1.0 & 0.2 & 1.9 & 15.2 & 0.0\\
Unweighted average: & × & × & × & × & × & × & ×\\
DDD & 39.4545 & 9.8695 & 15.3365 & 0.6915 & 2.246 & 10.6705 & 0.5105\\ \bottomrule
\end{tabulary}
\begin{tablenotes}
\item [1] the first note ...
\end{tablenotes}
\end{threeparttable}
\end{table}

\begin{table}
\begin{threeparttable}
\caption{this is my first table's captive caption}
% \begin{tabulary}{\textwidth}{*{8}{L}}
% \begin{tabulary}{\textwidth}{*{2}{L}*{6}{S[table-format=3.2]}} \toprule
\begin{tabulary}{\textwidth}{@{}*{2}{L}*{6}{S[table-format=3.2]}@{}} \toprule
× & TOTALLY & {1000} & {2000} & {3000} & {4000} & {5000} & {6000\tnote{1}}\\ \midrule
DDD 1 & 47.6 & 29.1 & 1.0 & 0.2 & 1.9 & 15.2 & 0.0\\
Unweighted average: & × & × & × & × & × & × & ×\\
BBB & 33.8 & 11.3 & 9.1 & 0.4 & 1.8 & 11.0 & 0.2\\
GGG & 32.9904 & 8.60325 & 9.3845 & 0.0495 & 1.43225 & 10.79525 & 0.119\\
DDD & 39.4545 & 9.8695 & 15.3365 & 0.6915 & 2.246 & 10.6705 & 0.5105\\ \bottomrule
\end{tabulary}
\begin{tablenotes}
\item [1] the first note ...
\end{tablenotes}
\end{threeparttable}
\end{table}

\end{document}

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The idea is to keep both tables together but just increase their vertical separation? If this is so, use only one table environment and add \vspace{<length>} between the two threeparttables. – Gonzalo Medina Apr 30 '13 at 17:29
@GonzaloMedina Yes and no; I had skimmed tex.stackexchange.com/questions/38893/…; I don't really want to keep the tables together necessarily - I'm happy to let LaTeX (or whoever for that matter :) decide. But iff they are to appear together, then I'd want some extra space. As I'm using threeparttable, a make-shift solution could be to just use a "blind" footnote, but I'd imagine someone can come up with sth far more elegant than that... – nutty about natty Apr 30 '13 at 17:33
Perhaps you could add that explanation to your question, so your intent would be clear from the beginning. – Gonzalo Medina Apr 30 '13 at 17:35

Floats appearing in the same page at the top or at the bottom are separated by \floatsep space.

The default for the article class is 12pt plus 2pt minus 2pt

Just say, in your document preamble,

\setlength{\floatsep}{24pt plus 4pt minus 4pt}


(or the value you find most suitable).

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... as has been mentioned here tex.stackexchange.com/questions/26521/… and tex.stackexchange.com/questions/25828/… before :) – nutty about natty Apr 30 '13 at 17:41