Don't under-estimate the chair!
As for the monkey-mind try doing something to help tie you to your meditation subject until the monkey-mind subsides a little... try counting the breaths, marking them 'in' and 'out', or using a 'buddho' mantra or something.
"Do not force others, including children, by any means whatsoever, to adopt your views, whether by authority, threat, money, propaganda, or even education." - Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
"The uprooting of identity is seen by the noble ones as pleasurable; but this contradicts what the whole world sees." (Snp 3.12)
"You've got to focus on what's really worthwhile in life, which means resisting a lot of the currents in our culture" (Thanissaro)