I am trying to create a 4×2 table with two multi-row cells, which join cells `(1,2)`

and `(2,2)`

and `(1,3)`

and `(2,3)`

respectively.

The 1st multi-row cell should contain 2 lines and the second 3 lines:

```
+---+---+---+---+
| A | B | D | G |
+---+ | E +---+
| H | C | F | I |
+---+---+---+---+
```

Here is my first attempt:

```
\begin{tabular}{||c|c|c|c||}\hline\hline
A & \multirow{2}{*}{B \\ C} & \multirow{2}{*}{D \\ E \\ F} & G \\ \cline{1-1}\cline{4-4}
H & & & I \\ \hline\hline
\end{tabular}
```

The error (on the `multirow`

line) I get is

```
! LaTeX Error: Something's wrong--perhaps a missing \item.
```

and the newlines (`\\`

) inside multirows are ignored.

I also tried putting `tabular`

inside `multirow`

(as per How to add a forced line break inside a table cell):

```
\begin{tabular}{||c|c|c|c||}\hline\hline
A & \multirow{2}{*}{\begin{tabular}{c} B \\ C \end{tabular}} &
\multirow{2}{*}{\begin{tabular}{c} D \\ E \\ F \end{tabular}} & G
\\ \cline{1-1}\cline{4-4}
H & & & I \\ \hline\hline
\end{tabular}
```

and there were no errors, but `F`

was placed *below* the last two horizontal lines (i.e., the two rows in the table cannot accommodate the 3 rows in the 2nd `multirow`

cell):

```
+---+---+---+---+
| A | B | D | G |
+---+ | +---+
| H | C | E | I |
+---+---+---+---+
F
```

The 3rd attempt was to pass an actual width in `cm`

instead of `{*}`

to `multirow`

. This works in my case (because the chunks into which I break the multi-row cells have the same width), but the 3rd line (`F`

) is still below the table – i.e., the table height is not increased to accommodate the multi-row cells.

So, my questions are:

- how can I tell multirow where to break lines?
**how do I tell**`tabular`

to make space for the multi-row cells?

## Best Answer

I propose this solution. I loaded

`hhline`

for better intersecting double lines, and`stackengine`

. The spacing required by multirow cells can be obtained with the`cellspace`

package, which defines aminimalvertical padding for cells of columns with a qualifier prefixed by the letter`S`

.In case you really need line breaks in a

`\multirow`

the`makecell`

package defines a`\multirowcell`

command that allows for line breaks: