# How to draw a table 2*1+3*1 in tabular:

How to draw such table in tabular:

even in the Word, I can only generate a 6*2 table then merge each column respectively.

I prefer use the two table method since it is easy to understand and much compatible with other code. But I happened to a new problem in my real situation

There is a additional row at the top of each table, their height should be equal. Then how to do this using two table method and need I accept the answer here then open o new question?

• Why not creating two tables and putting them side by side? – Saeed Amiri Jun 27 '18 at 10:32
• Other than starting and ending at the same (vertical) place, do the two columns share any other constraints, such as all cells in a given column are of fixed height? – Steven B. Segletes Jun 27 '18 at 10:32
• It would be helpful to know what you need this for; because this seems like a really bad idea for a table (I recommend you read the “booktabs” vignette, which explains how tables should be used properly). On the other hand, it might be an acceptable chart (rather than a table). This will necessitate a quite different technical solution in LaTeX though (e.g. using TikZ). – Konrad Rudolph Jun 27 '18 at 16:58
• What's 'the two table method'? What code do you have? Why have you edited your question in a way which renders existing answers inevitably incomplete? Please ask a new question and include a minimal working example, linking this question if appropriate. – cfr Jun 28 '18 at 2:10
• @cfr ok, I will open a new question. – user6703592 Jun 28 '18 at 2:11

Use nested tabulars:

\documentclass{article}
\begin{document}

\begin{tabular}{|@{} l @{}|@{} c @{}|}\hline
\begin{tabular}{ l }
some text in the left\\\cline{1-1}
some more text in the left column\\
\end{tabular}
&
\begin{tabular}{ l }
some text in the left\\\hline
some text in the left\\\hline
some more text in the left column
\end{tabular}\\\hline
\end{tabular}

\end{document}


or with

\begin{tabular}{|@{} c @{}|@{} c @{}|}\hline
\renewcommand\arraystretch{1.8}%    <====
\begin{tabular}{ l }


• Why is the vertical alignment in the 2-row left column inconsistent, and is there a way to center the text vertically? I've tried a couple of things but no success so far... A brute force approach \raisebox{4pt}{...} works, but is, well, brute force. – sgmoye Jun 27 '18 at 13:47
• To clarify: \raisebox{4pt}{...} is for the top row, and \raisebox{-3pt}{...} for the bottom row. – sgmoye Jun 27 '18 at 13:54
• What about "some text in the right" somewhere? ;-) – Ulrich Diez Jun 27 '18 at 16:56
• @sgmoye: See edited answer – user2478 Jun 27 '18 at 17:25
• I prefer use two tables, but what's the meaning of |@{} l @{}|@{} c @{}| here? And is it allowed to use two tables with column more than 1, that's why I ask the first question. – user6703592 Jun 28 '18 at 1:46

An alternative to tabular...stacked \frameboxes.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{stackengine}
\setstackgap{S}{\fboxrule}
\begin{document}
\Shortstack{%
\framebox(100,30){}
\framebox(100,30){}}%
\Shortstack{%
\framebox(100,20){}
\framebox(100,20){}
\framebox(100,20){}}%
\end{document}


With text:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{stackengine}
\setstackgap{S}{\fboxrule}
\begin{document}
\Shortstack{%
\framebox(100,30){left top}
\framebox(100,30){left bottom}}%
\Shortstack{%
\framebox(100,20){right top}
\framebox(100,20){right center}
\framebox(100,20){right bottom}}%
\end{document}


Variable box height. As long as the \framebox heights add to the same number in each column, the top and bottom will be aligned:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{stackengine}
\setstackgap{S}{\fboxrule}
\begin{document}
\Shortstack{%
\framebox(100,30){left top}
\framebox(100,30){left bottom}}%
\Shortstack{%
\framebox(100,13){right top}
\framebox(100,30){\stackanchor[4pt]{right}{center}}
\framebox(100,17){right bottom}}%
\end{document}


You can actually do it the same way as in Word, by merging cells:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{multirow}

\begin{document}

\begin{tabular}{|l|l|}
\hline
\multirow{3}{*}{left 1} & \multirow{2}{*}{right 1} \\
&                          \\ \cline{2-2}
& \multirow{2}{*}{right 2} \\ \cline{1-1}
\multirow{3}{*}{left 2} &                          \\ \cline{2-2}
& \multirow{2}{*}{right 3} \\
&                          \\ \hline
\end{tabular}

\end{document}


• That's clever--I hadn't thought of that. – sgmoye Jun 27 '18 at 17:05
• best usage of least common multiple :) – Diaa Jun 27 '18 at 22:53
• I thought about this method before, but here is a problem that, if the case is 5row + 6row, then I need to creare 30row totally. – user6703592 Jun 28 '18 at 1:41

Here's a solution that allows automatic line-breaking in all cells. The solution uses a "outer" tabularx environment (with a total width of your choice; below, the total width is set to \textwidth) with two columns, and two "inner" side-by-side tabular environments with one column each. There can be any number of logical "rows" in each of the two inner tabular environments.

\documentclass[]{article}
\usepackage{tabularx}
\usepackage{ragged2e} % for "\RaggedRight" macro

%% filler text
\newcommand\blurbA{Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Ut purus elit, vestibulum ut, placerat ac, adipiscing vitae, felis. Curabitur dictum gravida mauris. Nam arcu libero, nonummy eget, consectetuer id, vulputate a, magna.}
\newcommand\blurbB{Nam dui ligula, fringilla a, euismod sodales, sollicitudin vel, wisi. Morbi auctor lorem non justo. Nam lacus libero, pretium at, lobortis vitae, ultricies et, tellus.}
\newcommand\blurbC{Quisque ullamcorper placerat ipsum. Cras nibh. Morbi vel justo vitae lacus tincidunt ultrices. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. In hac habitasse platea dictumst. Integer tempus convallis augue. Etiam facilisis. Nunc elementum fermentum wisi. Aenean placerat.}

\setlength\extrarowheight{2pt} % for a more open "look"
\newcolumntype{P}[1]%
{>{\RaggedRight\arraybackslash}p{\dimexpr#1-2\tabcolsep\relax}}

\begin{document}
\noindent
\begin{tabularx}{\textwidth}{|@{}X@{}|@{}X@{}|}
\hline
%% left-hand column
\begin{tabular}[t]{P{\hsize}}
\blurbA\\ \hline
\blurbC % optional: \\ \hline
\end{tabular} &
%% right-hand column
\begin{tabular}[t]{P{\hsize}}
\blurbB\\ \hline
\blurbA\\ \hline
\blurbB
\end{tabular} \\
\hline
\end{tabularx}
\end{document}


I would not for an instant claim that this is the most elegant solution to this problem. Further, using TikZ to accomplish this seems a bit like using a sledge hammer to crack a peanut. It is, however, visually neat and clean, and is easily altered to suit. Suggestions for improvement, as usual, are welcome...

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{tikz}

%% Any number of rows might be accomodated, you just have to set 'minimum height' accordingly
\tikzset{
tworow/.style={%
draw,
minimum height=3\baselineskip,
text width=0.5\textwidth-8pt, % 8pt is 2*inner sep + 2*line width (about)
align=left
},
threerow/.style={
draw,
minimum height=2\baselineskip,
text width=0.5\textwidth-8pt,
align=left
}
}

\newcommand{\twothreetable}[5]{
\noindent
\begin{tikzpicture}[outer sep=0.0pt,line width=1pt]% Alter 'line width' to suit
\node (B)[tworow,anchor=south west] {#1};
\node (C)[tworow,anchor=north west] {#2};
%
\node (D)[threerow,anchor=north west] at (B.north east) {#3};
\node (E)[threerow,anchor=north west] at (D.south west) {#4};
\node[threerow,anchor=north west] at (E.south west) {#5};
\end{tikzpicture}%
}

\begin{document}

\twothreetable{Text 1 and a bit to indicate what happens with a lot of text}
{Text 2}
{Text 3}
{Text 4}
{Text 5}

\end{document}


• No, I think using TiKZ her is way more appropriate than the other solutions: this is a chart, not a table (or rather, it would be an acceptable chart rather than a poor table). – Konrad Rudolph Jun 27 '18 at 16:59

With tcbposter (from tcolorbox) you can construct all kind of complex box distributions.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[most]{tcolorbox}

\begin{document}
\begin{tcbposter}[
poster={columns=2,rows=3, height=3cm,spacing=-.5mm},
boxes={colframe=black, colback=white, sharp corners, notitle, valign=center}
]
\posterbox{name=11,column=1,row=1,rowspan=1.5}{First box}
\posterbox{column=1,below=11,rowspan=1.5}{Second box}
\posterbox{column=2,row=1}{Second column, first row}
\posterbox{column=2,row=2}{Second column, second row}
\posterbox{column=2,row=3}{Second column, third row}
\end{tcbposter}

\begin{tcbposter}[
poster={columns=2,rows=4, height=5cm, width=.8\textwidth,spacing=-.5mm},
boxes={colframe=black, colback=white, sharp corners, notitle, valign=center, halign=center}
]

\posterbox[colback=green!20, fontupper=\large]
{row=1,column=1,span=2}{Nice title}

\posterbox[colback=red!70!blue!30]{name=A,column=1,row=2,rowspan=1.2}{A}

\posterbox[colback=red!30!blue!70,valign=bottom, halign=right]{column=1,between=A and bottom}{B}

\posterbox[colback=red!30]{name=C,column=2,row=2,rowspan=0.6}{C}

\posterbox[colback=red!30!cyan!80]{name=E,column=2, above=bottom, rowspan=1.2}{E}

\posterbox[colback=red!80!cyan!30,halign=left]{column=2,between=C and E}{D}
\end{tcbposter}
\end{document}