# No right border on rows that end in multirow?

I have a table:

\begin{tabularx}{\textwidth}{|>{\color{white}}>{\columncolor[gray]{0}}l X | X | X | X |}
\cline{1-2}
Proposal Code           & \\
\hline
Short Description       & \multicolumn{4}{X}{} \\
\hline
\multirow{2}{*}{Spread} &   &   &   &   \\
\cline{2-5}
&   &   &   &   \\
\hline
\end{tabularx}


This creates a table with four rows:

• A short row with two small cells. This works fine.
• A long row with one small cell and one large cell.
• Two long rows with five small cells apiece, with the first cell being a multirow.

The first row works fine. The second row doesn't have a right border despite the second and fifth columns having borders elsewhere. What gives?

• Welcome to TeX.SE.
– Mico
Jan 15 at 5:03

There are two main issues with your code:

• The four narrow columns are really of type X|, not X; note that each of these columns is associated with a vertical rule to the right. This explains why

\multicolumn{4}{X}{}


fails to draw a vertical line at its right-hand edge. What's needed is

• However, this still isn't quite right, as any text in this "wide" column will occupy only the width of the first of the four columns. What's really needed, then, is

\multicolumn{4}{>{\hsize=4\hsize}X|}{}


That way, if and when you start providing text material for the combined cell, it'll occupy all four of the underlying narrow columns.

There's a further, relatively minor point: Instead of placing

\multirow{2}{*}{Spread}


in the third row, you should place

\multirow{-2}{*}{Spread}


in the fourth row.

I'd also replace >{\color{white}}>{\columncolor[gray]{0}} with >{\color{white}\columncolor[gray]{0}}.

The result:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tabularx,multirow}
\usepackage[table]{xcolor}
\begin{document}
\noindent % <-- important
\begin{tabularx}{\textwidth}{ | >{\color{white}\columncolor[gray]{0}}l *{4}{X|} }
\cline{1-2}
Proposal Code            & \\
\hline
Short Description        & \multicolumn{4}{>{\hsize=4\hsize}X|}{bla bla bla bla bla bla bla} \\
\hline
&   &   &   &   \\
\hline
\multirow{-2}{*}{Spread} &   &   &   &   \\
\hline
\end{tabularx}
\end{document}

• All of these suggestions worked perfectly, thank you! Jan 15 at 18:37
• @asdfsdfwewrwe - You're most welcome.
– Mico
Jan 15 at 18:38