Since there is no option to merge table cells in Google docs, creating a new table inside a cell could be a possible work around for this.
When I insert a table inside a table cell, blank lines are inserted before and after the table. How can I remove these blank lines? or create a layout similar to the one shown in the picture below (without the extra lines in first column)
I have tried playing around with cell padding and minimum row height in table properties but found no solution.