I'm trying to set up a bunch of tables using the tabular package to summarise data at the end of my thesis. I've been trying to use examples given here to get what I'm envisioning, but I'm having difficulty.

The basic template I want to create looks like this: enter image description here

I can't workout the following:

  1. How do I make the "time interval" have two rows while the two remaining columns are split into 2 rows as shown.

  2. How do I split the table first into 3 collumns and then 5 to get the effect shown.

My attempt at this has just given me butchered tables which make no sense, so I don't have any good example code to give.

  • 1
    Welcome to TeX.SE! Please show us the code you have tried so far! Then it is much more easier to help you and we have not to gues what you did so far. And we do not have to create a test table ;-)
    – Mensch
    Oct 26, 2017 at 2:40
  • I added my attempt, but I'm really unhappy with it and don't think it will be of much help.
    – Patty
    Oct 26, 2017 at 2:50
  • @JohnKormylo how do I use multirow and multicollumn at the same time to get what I want? Not sure how to format that.
    – Patty
    Oct 26, 2017 at 2:54
  • I'm not sure what are are trying to do. The image says one thing and the MWE something else entirely. Oct 26, 2017 at 2:57
  • MWE? The example code I gave is garbage, it's not achieved what I want. That's why I didn't want to give it. I want to get what's in the picture I drew.
    – Patty
    Oct 26, 2017 at 2:59

2 Answers 2


For something as simple as this, you don't really need multirow.

\multicolumn{5}{|c|}{January 2010 Results} \\
\multicolumn{1}{|c|}{Trade} & \multicolumn{2}{c|}{A} & \multicolumn{2}{c|}{B}\\
\multicolumn{1}{|c|}{Interval} & T & C & T & C \\
Afghanistan   & AF    &AFG&AFG&AFG\\
Aland Islands&   AX  & ALA&AFG&AFG   \\
Albania &AL & ALB&AFG&AFG\\
Algeria    &DZ & DZA&AFG&AFG\\
American Samoa&   AS  & ASM&AFG&AFG\\
Andorra& AD  & AND&AFG&AFG   \\
Angola& AO  & AGO&AFG&AFG\\


  • Edit: Nevermind, got it working. Thanks a lot!
    – Patty
    Oct 26, 2017 at 3:15

I agree with John that multirow isn't really necessary here, but it's a nice tool to have at your disposal. The code with multirow looks like this:



\begin{tabular}{|c|c|c|c|c|} \hline
\multicolumn{5}{|c|}{Title}\\ \hline
\multirow{2}{*}{\begin{tabular}{c}Time\\Interval\end{tabular}} & \multicolumn{2}{c|}{A} & \multicolumn{2}{c|}{B}\\ \cline{2-5}
 & C & T & C & T \\ \hline
& & & & \\
& & & & \\
& & & & \\
& & & & \\ \hline


enter image description here

Note the multirow entry of Time Interval is created as a nested table so that the two words are center-justified and the line break is forced. There are other ways to do this.

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