java – Recyclerview – Overlap items bottom to top-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I have set the negative margin for items like this:-

public class ItemDecorator extends RecyclerView.ItemDecoration {
    private final int mSpace;

    public ItemDecorator(int space) {
        this.mSpace = space;

    public void getItemOffsets(Rect outRect, View view, RecyclerView parent, RecyclerView.State state) {
        int position = parent.getChildAdapterPosition(view);
        if (position != 0)
   = mSpace;

recyclerView.setLayoutManager(new LinearLayoutManager(this));
recyclerView.addItemDecoration(new ItemDecorator(-80));

This causes top item to stack lowest and next item after the top item overlaps it. I want top item to overlap its next item and so on.

Current View

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Required View

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How to solve:

Try this way and render your recycler view in reverse direction.

LinearLayoutManager layoutManager = new LinearLayoutManager(this);

Here is the working example GitHub Link


Try overriding this method.

public int getItemViewType(int position) {
    return super.getItemViewType(position);

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